DERIDDER, La. /PRNewswire/ — AMERISAFE, Inc. today announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Allen Bradley is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award finalist. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Bradley was selected as a finalist from nearly 50 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the Houston Intercontinental Hotel.
Mr. Austin Young, Chairman of AMERISAFE’s audit committee, stated that “Mr. Bradley has demonstrated exceptional leadership at AMERISAFE over many years. Since our IPO in November 2005, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with him. Recognition as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Gulf Coast Area Award Finalist underscores what the AMERISAFE board, officers, employees, customers and vendors have known for a long time, namely that he is that rare breed of entrepreneur that achieves great things through careful management, outstanding interpersonal skills and exceptional vision. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we are extremely proud of Allen and pleased to see him recognized by others in this way.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9-13, 2011.