Maines Executives Finalists In Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

CONKLIN, NY (June 7, 2011)—Ernst & Young LLP announced the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 New York Award finalists. David Maines and William Maines, co-chairmen of Maines Paper & Food Service, are included on the list. According to Ernst & Young, 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. The Maines brothers were selected as a finalist from nearly 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

“This is an exciting nomination,” said David. “Our company is rapidly expanding to accommodate more customers in more areas and this growth is largely due to our commitment to service. It is a great honor to be recognized as an Ernst & Young finalist for this hard work as I am very proud of what Maines has become.”  “It is with the hard work and dedication of the 2100 associates we work with that has gotten us this far” Bill said.  “We are here because of their support.”

The Maines Family is working with their President & CEO, Chris Mellon on their most recent endeavors that support their service model.  “Our customers are interested in and in need of services outside the traditional food service delivery”, said Mellon “They need effective resources and solutions to solve their common business problems like recruiting, inventory management, compliance with government regulations and profitability.  With programs through Restaurant Results Inc. such as,, and Keeping it Kleen, to name just a few, we bring those services to them in a way that is manageable and cost effective.”

People on the list were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Finalists create jobs and encourage community development and innovation.

All regional Entrepreneur Of The Year winners are inducted into the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame. Winners are honored at regional award galas during the month of June.

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.

Maines is #6 in the ID Top 50 and a third-generation, family-owned business with more than $3 billion in sales, coverage in 33 states with 11 distribuction centers.

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