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Joseph Slawek, president and CEO of FONA International, Inc. (Geneva, Illlinois), was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Distribution/Manufacturing in the Midwest. The award recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement and seeks to celebrate those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Speaking at the awards banquet, Slawek said, "Recognition of entrepreneurial excellence in the workplace encourages us all to be faithful, creative and responsible individuals. It encourages us to develop character, to come together as people and to profitably grow through the pursuit of marketplace opportunities. I believe dignity, self-respect and self-reliance emerge from the foundations created by entrepreneurship, and am proud of all of the wonderful entrepreneurs here tonight."