SOURCE: Byrne Medical, Inc.

Byrne Medical, Inc.

June 27, 2011 14:49 ET

Don Byrne, Founder and CEO of Byrne Medical, Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award Winner

Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Manufacturing and Distribution Category

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - Byrne Medical, Inc., the leader in disposable infection prevention solutions, announced today that Don Byrne, Founder and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award in the Manufacturing and Distribution category. According to Ernst & Young LLP, 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. Don Byrne was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Houston InterContinental Hotel on June 22, 2011.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Past award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc., Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear Workshop, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc., Matt Szulik of Red Hat, Inc., and last year's national winner, Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Capital Partners, Inc.

As a Gulf Coast Area award winner, Mr. Byrne is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9-13, 2011.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.

In the Gulf Coast Area, local sponsors include Fullbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, SAP, SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC, HFBE, Smart Business Magazine and Pierpont Communications.

About Byrne Medical
Byrne Medical is a recognized leader at the forefront of patient care in GI Endoscopy. Don Byrne, CEO and President, established the company in 1997 with a single, disposable product and a vision to improve infection control practices. These principles encompass the foundation of our company as we continue to develop unique, disposable solutions for everyday GI Endoscopy practices because infection control matters to everyone. For more information, please visit us at

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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.

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