2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Lineup Announced

UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Announces Honorees for
28th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  The Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management have announced the honorees for the 28th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.

The dinner will be held on Monday, Oct. 21 at the brand new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

This year’s honorees are:

INTERNATIONAL Entrepreneur of the Year
James Sinegal, founder, former CEO, Costco

Costco’s first location (originally named Price Club), opened in 1976 in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego. In 1983, the first Costco warehouse location was opened in Seattle. Costco became the first company ever to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in less than six years. When Costco and Price Club merged in 1993, the combined company had 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales. Since resuming the Costco name in 1997, the company has grown worldwide with total sales in recent fiscal years exceeding $64 billion.

REGIONAL Entrepreneur of the Year
David Brain
, president, CEO and trustee, EPR Properties

EPR Properties is a specialty real estate investment trust (REIT) that currently invests in three primary segments: entertainment, recreation and education. EPR has more than 180 locations in 39 states, D.C. and Canada with more than 250 tenants and $3.2 billion in total investments.

Marion and John Kreamer Award for SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Jim and Virginia Stowers, co-founders, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Inspired by their personal experiences with cancer and a desire to use their wealth to help humanity, James “Jim” E. Stowers Jr. and Virginia G. Stowers founded the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. A physician by training, Jim Stowers switched careers and started mutual fund company  American Century Investments. He pioneered the application of computer power to investment management and, turned a stake of a few thousand dollars into one of the largest mutual fund companies in the country with more than $100 billion in assets.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, one of Kansas City’s premiere resources for educating and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs. LEARN MORE ABOUT EOY HERE.

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