Jack Springer has been honoured by business consultancy Ernst & Young

Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer has been named 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast region by the business consultancy of Ernst & Young.

Now in its 33rd year, the EY program recognises entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, and winners are selected by a panel of independent judges.

“While I am named, this is an award for all of Malibu. Leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit are strong at Malibu and exhibited every day by many of our people,” Springer said in a company statement. “Our products bring people together to spend quality time with one another in a world that never slows down. It is also a huge honour to be a part of a great team that focuses every day on bringing family and friends together by building the best boats on the water.”

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year national competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national award winner, will be announced at the awards gala in Palm Springs, California on 16 November. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, EY’s gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded in 1982, Malibu Boats includes the Axis, Cobalt and Pursuit boat brand and is known for its innovation in the growing towboat market.