ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
The 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award goes to Jerry Bednarcik of Apollo Supply. Jerry is founder, owner and CEO of Apollo Supply.
The company that Jerry launched in 1996 has grown to become one of the top building suppliers in Northeast Ohio. Since its humble beginnings more than 20 years ago, Apollo Supply has employed more than 15 full-time staff members.
Jerry took risks and started innovative programs that have benefited the region’s building market. One of its most recent programs is the Apollo Contractor Supply Line, a 24/7 hotline that will help contractors secure urgently needed materials at times when other suppliers are closed.
Because of recent growth, Jerry is expanding Apollo Supply by opening a second Lake County location in the near future. Jerry also promotes entrepreneurship by continuously sharing the knowledge and skills he has acquired over the years with his children. A multi-generational, family-owned business has always been Jerry’s dream.
What makes someone worthy of the Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award?
Judging is based on the following criteria:
- Has started or substantially grown a business in Lake or Geauga County
- Has acted in a capacity to promote entrepreneurship in the area
- Has demonstrated vision and willingness to take risks in growing/starting a business
- Has demonstrated innovation by taking a business to new heights in
creative and novel ways
The Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award is sponsored by: