Ernst & Young LLP has selected Bill Fenech, president and founder of Barletta Pontoon Boats, as its Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 Midwest Award winner. A former Thor Industries executive, Fenech was a co-founder of Grand Design RV Co.
The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management, a news release from Ernst & Young states. Fenech was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala Oct. 7.
“This is an award that I wholly accept on behalf of the entire Barletta Pontoon Boats team,” Fenech said. “This team has worked tirelessly from day one to meet the needs of all of our customers, internal and external. We’ve built a company that we can all be very proud of — a company that has successfully navigated all that this past year has thrown at us. And we’re not done yet … we will not rest until we are the best pontoon boat manufacturer in the country.”
As a Midwest award winner, Fenech is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 National Awards.