SAN DIEGO — Ernst & Young LLP recently presented the Entrepreneur of the Year® 2012 Award to Tom Gildred, CEO of Emerald Textiles, a provider of commercial healthcare linen services.
The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. An independent panel of judges selected Gildred, who was honored during a special gala last week.
“It is an honor to be selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young,” says Gildred, a member of this year’s American Laundry News Panel of Experts. “I’m very pleased to be part of this group of highly regarded CEOs who are focused on the success of their businesses and giving back to our community.”
Operational for less than two years, Emerald Textiles serves more than 70% of the hospital beds in San Diego while processing almost 35 million pounds a year. The company has received the SDG&E Showcase Award and the Savings by Design Award (created by the California Public Utilities Commission and San Diego Gas & Electric) in recognition of its advanced design and extreme energy efficiency.