Crash Champions announced that founder and CEO Matt Ebert has been named a finalist for the 2023 Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest Award.
Now in its 37th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is one of the most competitive and esteemed recognitions, celebrating transformative leaders of high-growth companies building a better world. Ebert was selected alongside 35 Midwest finalists representing the region’s preeminent, high-growth businesses.
As a finalist, Ebert, who was named the 2022 BodyShop Business Multi-Shop Executive of the Year, will be recognized by EY at a special event on June 21 where regional award winners will be announced.
“This year’s finalists are ambitious entrepreneurs set on transforming their industries and communities,” said Ram Ramanan, regional program director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. “They have been carefully selected by our independent panel of judges for their unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities, and we are thrilled to recognize them.”
Ebert has guided Crash Champions from a single Chicago-based collision repair center into one of the fastest-growing and most exciting brands in the industry. Today, Crash Champions serves customers and business partners at more than 600 repair centers in 36 states and Washington, D.C.
“It’s humbling and a true honor to be recognized as a finalist for such a storied award alongside some of the very best entrepreneurs in the country,” said Ebert. “As an entrepreneur, everything is rooted in developing and carrying out a clear and inspiring vision. The vision at Crash Champions has always been to build a company with great people at its core. This recognition is a reflection of our passionate team and the distinct culture that has been established at Crash Champions. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent Crash Champions as part of this program and as a finalist for the 2023 Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest Award.”
Crash Champions, under Ebert’s leadership, has also achieved Level One partner status with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and regularly contributes to community engagement and philanthropy events across the nation — including more than 50 NABC Recycled Rides giveaways in 2022 alone.
After winners of the Midwest Region award are unveiled at the June 21 event, they will be considered by a panel of national judges for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum.
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