Unidine CEO Richard Schenkel Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 New England Award Winner

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Richard Schenkel, President & CEO of Unidine, received the Ernst & Young Entreprenuer Of The Year 2011 New England Award.

BOSTON–Unidine Corporation, the leading food and dining management services company serving hospitals, senior services and businesses, today announced that Richard Schenkel, President and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 New England Award. According to Ernst & Young, LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Schenkel was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on June 15, 2011.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition”
“It is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Schenkel. “It’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of thousands of Unidine team members whose commitment to fresh food and customer service continues to transform organizations and improve lives at the hospitals, senior facilities and corporations we serve.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Past award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC, (The Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc., Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc., Matthew Szulik of Red Hat, Inc., and last year’s national winner, Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Capital Partners.

As a New England award winner, Schenkel is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9-13, 2011.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young, LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program is pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.

The New England program sponsors are Boston magazine, J. Robert Scott, Marsh, Nixon Peabody LLP, RR Donnelley and Regan Communications Group.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.