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Schmidt's Named PNW Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

by Schmidt's Naturals

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We're excited to announce that Jaime Schmidt, Founder and Chief Product Officer of Schmidt's Naturals, and Michael Cammarata, Chief Global Strategy Officer, have received the Ernst & Young PNW Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Retail and Consumer Goods category.

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The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Cammarata and Schmidt were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel on June 9, 2017.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by EY as one of 2017’s innovative brands and for our disruptive work in the natural product space,” says Schmidt. “Thanks to our progressive, science-driven natural deodorant formula and customer-focused, contemporary brand work, Schmidt's Naturals has gained immense popularity and loyal consumers across the globe.”

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Cammarata continues, “To be awarded by EY amongst an unparalleled group of entrepreneurs and brands is thrilling. Schmidt's Naturals has been extremely successful in connecting with our customers in the natural space. We look forward to the release of more innovative product offerings and the announcement of key partnerships furthering our retail availability throughout the year. Watch as Schmidt’s product lines expand beyond the bathroom and throughout the entire household.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:

  • Jeff Bezos of Amazon
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
  • Mindy Grossman of HSN
  • Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • James Park of Fitbit

We're honored to be recognized - and among such distinguished company! 

Click here to read the full press release.

Want to learn more about Jaime's humble beginnings in a Portland, OR kitchen?

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