AcousticSheep CEO Named EY Regional Entrepreneur of the Year

From: Megan DeMarco

Date: June 28, 2016 at 9:55:40 AM EDT

ERIE, PA,June 28, 2016 – Ernst & Young today announced that CEO Dr. Wei-Shin Lai of AcousticSheep LLC, creators of the innovative headphones brands SleepPhones® and RunPhones®, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia program. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. 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. Wei-Shin was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA on June 24, 2016.

“This is a fantastic honor, given that we were accidental entrepreneurs,” says Lai.  “We felt like we had an increasing obligation to our customers when orders kept increasing so we have continued to scale the business. It’s incredible and gratifying for our team to win such a prestigious award for simply trying to do our best every day. “

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as 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.

As a Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia award winner, Wei-Shin is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.  The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

For additional information and the full press release, please see attached. Also attached is an image of all the award winners. Please contact me with any questions.


Megan DeMarco, Marketing Manager
AcousticSheep LLC
2001 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16506Phone: 610.406.8971
Winner of the CTA Small Business of the Year Award, 2015Winner of the CES Innovation Awards 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016Woman-owned, minority-ownedRecent Media Hits:Digital Trends  |  Yahoo Tech  |  Tech Crunch  |  Consumer Tech Association  |  Innovation Nation

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