Cariloha selected as an Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist

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EY announces Cariloha CEO, Jeff Pedersen, is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award Finalist

SALT LAKE CITY – EY this week announced that Founder and CEO, Jeff Pedersen, of Cariloha is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Utah Region. 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.

Pedersen 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 May 29, 2014 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cariloha is an international retail brand that specializes in clothing, bedding and bath goods made from eco-friendly bamboo. The brand has grown to become the only multi-store retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with bamboo-based products.

“Being recognized as an Entrepreneur of the Year award finalist further affirms all that we’re doing as a company to take the Cariloha Bamboo brand across the globe,” said Pedersen. “When you have an outstanding team of employees, who are passionate about what they do, combined with our irresistibly soft bamboo product lines, there’s simply no end in sight for Cariloha.”

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Cariloha
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only multi-store retailer in the United States to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in 13 countries and growing. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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