The Managing Director of Mallusk-based Wilsons Auctions, Ian Wilson, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 programme.
A total of 24 finalists from across Ireland were selected in three categories - emerging, industry and international.
Mr Wilson, who has grown the family business to become the largest independent auction company in the British Isles, is shortlisted in the Industry category.
Known globally as the leading business awards programme for entrepreneurs, EY Entrepreneur of the Year identifies, profiles and celebrates entrepreneurial trailblazers for their dedication to excellence, innovation and ingenuity.
Announcing the shortlist, EY’s Frank O’Keeffe, Partner-in-Charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year programme, said: “Our independent judging panel had a very difficult task narrowing the entrants down to these 24 outstanding entrepreneurs who were selected on the basis of their vision, leadership and resilience through one of the most challenging economic periods in our history.”
The 24 finalists will join a group of 110 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme, for a week-long CEO Retreat taking place in Seattle and Vancouver at the end of May.
The winners from each of the three categories, as well as the overall winner, will be announced at a gala dinner in Dublin on October 23.
The overall winner will go on to participate at World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monte Carlo in June 2015.