SOURCE: Cool Gear International

Cool Gear International

June 04, 2013 12:32 ET

Cool Gear International President Donna Roth Named Finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 New England

Plymouth Business Owner Recognized for Entrepreneurial Excellence

PLYMOUTH, MA--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2013) - Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the New England Region. The awards program recognized high-growth entrepreneur Donna Roth, President and CEO of Plymouth-based Cool Gear International for demonstrating excellence and extraordinary success. Finalists have been recognized in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Renaissance Waterfront.

"I'm honored not only for me but for my entire company," said Donna Roth, president/CEO of Cool Gear International. "I am proud of our innovation and it means a great deal to me to know that Cool Gear is being recognized for its success."

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders 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, California, on November 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.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In New England, local sponsors include RBS Citizens, True Capital, WilmerHale, Nixon Peabody, R.R. Donnelley, Scherzer International, Silicon Valley Bank, Murray Devine, Bingham McCutchin, Empire Valuation Consultants and Goodwin Procter LLP.

Cool Gear International's innovative products reflect a fresh approach in design with trend driven color and style. With more than 150 patents, the company has driven the evolution of common beverage vessels. To learn more about Cool Gear International and its new coolgearcan™, visit or join the conversation on Facebook at, or on Twitter (@coolgearinc).

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young's 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 others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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About Cool Gear International
Since 1986, Cool Gear International, Inc. has served as the leading global designer and manufacturer of innovative hydration and food storage products. With headquarters in Plymouth, MA, Cool Gear International's talented and trendy staff delivers high-quality products at a great value. For more information about Cool Gear International, please visit

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