Plexus Partner Mitchell Andrews: Human capital vital to national success

The Plexus Groupe is proud to again be a platinum sponsor of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Midwest program. Finalists for the 2017 awards, which recognize achievement in innovation by companies in Illinois and Wisconsin, were honored at a reception Tuesday night at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.

Plexus Partner Mitchell Andrews was among the presenters at the EY reception on Tuesday. In his remarks, he noted the executives he has met throughout the Entrepreneur Of The Year selection process have placed a strong emphasis on human capital -- their people. As Andrews sees it, all firms must "continue this focus‎ for the success of the country."

Here is a complete list of finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Midwest program. The winners will be announced at an awards gala on June 21 at Chicago's Navy Pier:

Adam Robinson, Hireology (Chicago)

Aleksandra Efimova, Russian Pointe (Chicago)

Alexander Samoylovich, CEDARst Companies LLC (Chicago)

Alison Gutterman, Jelmar, LLC (Skokie, Illinois)

Amanda Lannert and Harry Gottlieb, Jellyvision (Chicago)

Andrew Limouris, Medix (Chicago)

Ashish Rangnekar, BenchPrep (Chicago)

Christofer Ruder, Kankakee Spikeball Inc. (Chicago)

Donald Crampton, MedSpeed (Elmhurst, Ill.)

Eddie Lou, Shiftgig (Chicago)

Fred Sasser, Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. (Schaumburg, Ill.)

Gregory Caplan, Remote Year (Highland Park, Ill.)

Ilene Gordon, Ingredion Incorporated (Westchester, Ill.)

Janice Honigberg, Sun Belle Inc. (Schiller Park, Ill.)

Jordan Batt and Paul Chernawsky, Endurance (Northbrook, Ill.)

Joseph Hanni, PS Seasoning (Iron Ridge, Wisconsin)

Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN L.L.C. (Union, Ill.)

Michael Butler, Life Spine, Inc. (Huntley, Ill.)

Neil Book, JSSI (Chicago)

Patrick Vihtelic, Home Chef (Chicago)

Rattan Khosa, AMSYSCO, Inc. (Romeoville, Ill.)

Rich Diaz, Advanced Resources (Chicago)

Rich Lyons, Lyons Consulting Group (Chicago)

Talia Mashiach, Eved (Chicago)

Tarek Hammoud, Enfusion Systems (Chicago)