LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EY today announced that Michael Hale, CEO of Mechanix Wear, is a semifinalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Awards in Greater Los Angeles. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Hale was selected as a semifinalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a virtual awards event on Friday, October 2, 2020.
Michael joined Mechanix Wear in 2005 following his graduation from Babson College where he earned a degree in business administration and entrepreneurship. Mentored by his late father Jim Hale, who founded Mechanix Wear in 1991, Michael has worked in nearly every function of the business including sales, brand management, product design, supply chain management, and finance. He was appointed CEO in August 2016 and has continued to institute substantial improvements in sales strategy, leadership, and staffing. Since taking the helm, he’s led Mechanix Wear to unprecedented growth year over year.
“I am honored to be recognized among such a talented group of Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs for this prestigious award,” said Michael Hale, CEO at Mechanix Wear. “Since becoming CEO four years ago, it has been my passion to not only be a leader and innovator in the hand protection industry, but to continue to uphold a dynamic family business that puts its employees and customers first.”
Now in its 34th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards held in November 2020. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.
In Greater Los Angeles, local sponsors include Platinum sponsor: Marsh; Gold sponsors: Avitas Wealth Management and Tangram; Silver sponsor: Cresa; PR sponsor: Olmstead Williams Communications.
About Mechanix Wear
Since the debut of the Original® work glove at the 1991 Daytona 500, Mechanix Wear has built a reputation as the leader in automotive, construction, industrial, and tactical hand protection. Our mission is to look beyond conventional ideas and continually innovate the most advanced gloves for working hands. The Tool That Fits Like a Glove®
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