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Ernst & Young announces Christopher J. O’Connor, President & CEO of Humanetics Innovative Solutions the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award winner for Michigan & Northwest Ohio

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in Manufacturing

Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Christopher J. O’Connor, President & CEO of Humanetics Innovative Solutions, the world’s leading provider of Anthropomorphic Test Devices (ATDs); commonly known as Crash Test Dummies, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Manufacturing category for Michigan & Northwest Ohio. 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. Chris was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 14, 2012 at the MGM Grand, Detroit.

“It is an honor to be selected by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year. As always, this year’s candidates are among some of the best CEOs in Michigan and Northwest Ohio; it is a pleasure to be selected amongst such distinguished company. I accept this award on behalf of all our extremely dedicated and professional Humanetics’ employees worldwide.”

Chris joined the Company in 2007 and quickly set out to consolidate worldwide operations, reduce costs and develop a strategy to help the company achieve strong growth.  Following a profoundly strategic plan with precise tactical implementation, Chris was able to navigate this global Company through a series of initiatives that ultimately proved to have phenomenal results.  No other company in the world designs, develops and services these advanced test products required for automobile, aerospace and military customers on a worldwide basis, to help measure and achieve the safest standards in the world.

The ultimate goal of Humanetics is to save lives and Chris strives to achieve that vision by encouraging his team of employees to understand and embrace the responsibility and social accountability that comes with their day-to-day accomplishments.  In addition to his extremely demanding job, Chris continues to serve our country as a senior officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and has passionately expanded the presence of Humanetics’ safety products with the development of an advanced Blast Dummy for the enhancement of soldier safety within our armed services.

"If Humanetics can make a single life altering accomplishment by improving warrior survivability and allowing our soldiers to return home safely after experiencing an IED incident, then our work has been worth the extraordinary effort."

Humanetics is proud and honored of this recognition by Ernst & Young, and would like to thank Chris for his many accomplishments. It is through his leadership, direction, dedication and most importantly his inspiration, that Humanetics has become a global leader with a passion for excellence.

Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

As a Michigan & Northwest Ohio award winner, Chris is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur of  The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. 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.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Michigan & Northwest Ohio, sponsors include PNC Bank, Foley & Lardner, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, University of Michigan – Dearborn, and Seidman College of Business

About Humanetics

Humanetics Innovative Solutions is a global company whose strategy is to harness the best of today's technologies for the creation of high quality products which play an important role in improving safety, comfort and protection of people and their environment. Humanetics Innovative Solutions is the world's leading supplier in the design and manufacture of sophisticated crash test dummies, associated technical support and laboratory services and load cell crash wall systems. Furthermore, Humanetics Innovative Solutions develops and supplies finite element software dummy models for computerized crash test simulations and specialties in static and dynamic strain measurements. www.humaneticsatd.com

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young 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 ofpeople 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

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