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Ernst & Young announces DePaul Industries’ President & CEO Dave Shaffer is the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award winner in the Pacific Northwest Region

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This prestigious award recognizes DePaul Industries’ and Shaffer’s entrepreneurial excellence in the Services category of the competition Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Dave Shaffer, CEO of DePaul Industries, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Services category in the Pacific Northwest Region. 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.

Shaffer was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 15, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. DePaul Industries was one of a few nonprofit organizations represented in the competition.

“This award is really about what we do every day to employ people with disabilities, and the way in which we do it,” said Shaffer. “I’m extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of everyone at DePaul Industries, and am thrilled that our entrepreneurial spirit has been acknowledged in such a prestigious forum.” Key staff from DePaul Industries–including Vice Presidents Travis Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, and Dean Stearman, Chief Innovation Officer–attended the gala, as well as several members of DePaul Industries’ Board of Directors. “Dave’s leadership as CEO has propelled DePaul Industries into a new phase of social entrepreneurial thinking,” said Dennis Doherty, Chair of the DePaul Industries Board of Directors. “The Board is very proud that, by Dave receiving this honor, DePaul Industries has been recognized as an entrepreneurial leader.”

Shaffer joins the ranks of past Entrepreneur of the Year® winners and entrepreneurial leaders as Jeff Bezos of, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more. As a Pacific Northwest Region award winner, Shaffer is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. 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. SponsorsFounded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Pacific Northwest, local sponsors include ADP, Puget Sound Business Journal, Scherzer International,

The Big Picture Video Film & Arts, and Union Bank. About DePaul IndustriesSince 1971, DePaul Industries has focused on its vision of changing the landscape of employment of people with disabilities while growing into the Northwest’s most comprehensive outsourcing specialist. DePaul helps people with disabilities to have the opportunity to work through a self-sustaining business model that generates more than 97% of revenue through the operation of three core businesses: food packaging & contract manufacturing, temporary staffing services, and security services.

To date, DePaul has trained or employed in excess of 15,000 people with disabilities and paid wages and benefits of more than $200 million. DePaul Industries has been honored as one of Oregon Business magazine’s ‘100 Best Companies’ in 2012 and 2011, and has consistently been named a top staffing firm by the Portland Business Journal for the past few years. The organization has also been honored as one of Portland Business Journal’s “Most Admired Companies,” and was the recipient of the Oregon Ethics in Business award in 2011. 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.

PORTLAND, Ore., June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —

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