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OtterBox CEO Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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Friday, June 17, 2011 6:08 am MDT

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FORT COLLINS, Colo.
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"I have been asked many times why Otter is so successful. Its success lies square on the fact that we have such a great group of Otters."

OtterBox® Founder and CEO Curt Richardson was recognized Thursday night for his leadership, dedication and innovation as winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Consumer Products & Services category for the Mountain Desert Region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“This award is not a possibility without the help and support I have had for the last 28 years from my wife Nancy,” Richardson said, adding, “I have been asked many times why Otter is so successful. Its success lies square on the fact that we have such a great group of Otters.”

Richardson was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on June 16, 2011.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Past award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Inc., Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear Workshop, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc., Matt Szulik of Red Hat, Inc. and last year’s national winner, Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Capital Partners, Inc.

As a regional winner, Richardson is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala hosted by Jay Leno in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 12, 2011.

About OtterBox:

Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox is the leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection to complement any lifestyle.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.

For more information, visit www.otterbox.com or call 888-695-8820. We’ve Got Technology Covered.

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OtterBox
Kelly Richardson, 970-372-1875
kelly.richardson@otterbox.com