Plymouth, Mass – June 23, 2009 -
SmartPak™, the Plymouth, MA based horse and dog supply catalog known for its popular daily-dose SmartPak supplement service, announced today that president and CEO Paal Gisholt received the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the consumer category in New England. Gisholt was selected by an independent panel of judges charged with recognizing entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.
"On behalf of everyone at SmartPak, we are honored to have been recognized with this award," said Gisholt. "Although the title of the award is Entrepreneur of the Year, it's truly a recognition of the performance and contribution of our company as a whole. We all work extremely hard to bring a new standard of service and value to our customers, and we take enormous pride in being recognized by Ernst & Young and the great panel of entrepreneurs that served as judges."
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have proved exceptional in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
"We are proud to recognize the achievements of Paal Gisholt," said Kristin Keating, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Chair for New England. "Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region’s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger."
To learn more about SmartPak, visit their Web site at www.SmartPak.com or call them at 1-800-461-8898.
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 New England, local sponsors include Bowne, Curran & Connors, Boston Magazine, J.Robert Scott, Marsh, Nixon Peabody and AMS.
About SmartPak Equine
SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. It has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including seven Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. In 2006, SmartPak was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies for the second straight year and is the only equine company ever named to the list. The company has also been honored with a Best Bosses award presented by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.SmartPak.com.