SOURCE: Lafayette 148 New York

June 27, 2016 15:44 ET

EY Announces Lafayette 148 New York CEO and Co-Founder Deirdre Quinn Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Retail and Consumer Products Award Winner in New York

2016 Marks 30 Years of Ingenuity in America

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 27, 2016) - EY today announced that CEO and Co-Founder Deirdre Quinn of Lafayette 148 New York, a Manhattan-based women's fashion company, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in New York. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. 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. Quinn was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Marquis on June 22, 2016.

"This year marks our 20th anniversary. Over the years we have experienced countless highs, found creative solutions to numerous obstacles, and have always held true to our mission," said Quinn last night when accepting the award. "This award not only fuels the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us, but inspires future generations to take a risk and follow their own paths. Here's to 20 years of what's next!"

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies' success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

As a New York award winner, Quinn is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. 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 gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

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Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In New York, sponsors also include Empire Valuation Consultants, Pine Hill Group, SolomonEdwards, DLA Piper, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and SmartCEO.

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EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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