CEO Steven Dunn Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award Finalist in Greater Los Angeles Area
LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2009)—Munchkin, Inc., designer and manufacturer of innovative infant and pet products, today announced that CEO Steven Dunn is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Greater Los Angeles Area. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dunn was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Tuesday, June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Since Munchkin’s inception in 1991, we have strived to stay on the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in developing clever products that make life easier and more exciting for today’s consumers,” said Dunn. “Our mission comes to life each day in the hands of adults and children who enjoy our award-winning infant and pet products. I am pleased that Ernst & Young has recognized the efforts of all of our employees through this award.”
As an innovative designer and manufacturer of award-winning infant products under the Munchkin brand and pet products under the Bamboo and Fat Cat brands, Munchkin has set the standard in a number of critical product categories by placing great emphasis on anticipating consumer needs and finding innovative ways to address them. The company’s tagline, “It’s the little things,” refers to the little things that the company’s products do that add up to a big difference in consumers’ lives.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 14, 2009. 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.
Sponsors Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In the Greater Los Angeles Area, sponsors include Marsh, Scherzer International and Bowne.
About Munchkin, Inc. A privately held company headquartered in North Hills, Calif., Munchkin, Inc. creates baby products that make fun useful and useful fun. Founded in 1991, Munchkin, Inc. has placed great emphasis on innovation, redefining what baby products can be. As a result, Munchkin has reinvigorated the category with improvements like a 2-in-1 design on bottle brushes as well as pioneered numerous breakthroughs like the White Hot Technology® that lets moms know if the bath water or the car is too hot. In addition, Munchkin has been granted more than 50 United States patents and has won over 30 industry awards, including the coveted Target® Corporation Partner Award of Excellence in 2005. Endorsed and recommended by lactation consultants, medical professionals, toy specialists and parents, Munchkin products can be found at more than 25,000 retail outlets internationally. For more information, visit www.munchkin.com.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.