Mediware CEO Receives Entrepreneur Award

Software executive is recognized by EY with the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award in the Central Midwest region.

Kelly Mann, president and CEO of Mediware Information Systems Inc. received the EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Central Midwest.

Marking its 30th anniversary, the award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

An independent panel of judges selected Mann, and the award was presented at a specialm black-tie gala event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City June 16. Mann was among 21 finalists in the Central Midwest region and was among seven selected for consideration at the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program, which will be presented in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 19, 2016.

“I am humbled that my team and this community nominated me to represent Mediware for this respected award,” said Mann, who joined the company in September 2007. “The Mediware team, including our board directors, our business leaders, our 600 employees and our private equity partners, Thomas Bravo, work tirelessly to produce products that successfully impact healthcare and human services operations throughout the country and abroad. It is truly a pleasure to be part of such a successful company.”

In addition to the offerings in the blood management and medication management markets, Mann has played a major role in expanding Mediware’s position in the post-acute care and human and social services markets. The company traditionally acquires one to two companies each year, and Mann says those efforts will likely continue with the strong financial and supportive backing of Thomo Bravo.

Previous winners of the Entrepreneur Of the Year program include Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

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