Omaha, NE - April 26, 2013 | Omaha Steaks Bruce Simon Named as 2013 Ernst & Young
Omaha Steaks announced today that President and family owner, Bruce Simon, has been selected as a finalist, in the Upper Midwest region, for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Family Business category.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 13, 2013 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis. Ernst & Young announced finalists in the Upper Midwest region, which includes companies based in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, earlier this week.

Simon is a fifth-generation family owner of the Omaha Steaks®; group of companies where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. The company, started by his great great-grandfather in 1917 as a custom butcher shop, has grown into the nation's largest direct response marketer of premium beef and gourmet foods.

Simon began his full-time Omaha Steaks employment as Assistant Plant Manager in 1981, upon graduation from the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Finance, with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. From there he went on to hold numerous positions throughout the company until being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1994. Today he oversees the entire company with a focus on operations including expertly buying all of the beef.

"It is an honor to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award in the category for Family Business Excellence," said Simon. "As a fifth generation family owned company, Omaha Steaks has continued to remain innovative, committed to our community and dedicated, first and foremost, to our customers."

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program has expanded globally to recognize entrepreneurs in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®;, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year®;:

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire other with their vision, leadership and achievement.


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