BALTIMORE, Md. - Skip LaBella, President of Closet America, was named a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Maryland region in an Ernst & Young program.

The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Skip LaBella was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 28, 2017, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as a finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year,” says LaBella. “We owe much of our success to our innovative business model that focuses on the customer experience.”  

Closet America is a locally-owned and operated manufacturer and installer of custom home organization systems for closets, home offices, pantries, and garages. Founded in 2009, it has grown into one of the premier names in the professional organizing systems industry thanks to its emphasis on quality materials and exceptional customer service. It is a vertically-integrated company where design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and service are all controlled internally.  Closet America serves the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area from Landover, MD, where its manufacturing plant, distribution center, corporate headquarters, administrative offices, and showroom are all located.

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Sponsors

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Maryland region, sponsors also include DLA Piper, PNC, Cushman & Wakefield, KELLY Benefit Strategies, Randstad Professionals, and the Baltimore Business Journal.
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