Paul Jones, executive chairman of Milwaukee-based A.O. Smith
Corp. has been named as the National EY Entrepreneur of the Year
2013 Distribution and Manufacturing Award winner.
recognized by Ernst & Young LLP for his innovation, personal
commitment and leadership at A.O. Smith, according to a company
joined the company, we needed to rationalize the acquisitions we
made in order to put the company into a more efficient operation
status,” Jones said. "Once our costs lowered in the marketplace,
we were able to focus on bringing innovation back to the
selected from more than 250 regional award recipients by an
independent panel of judges. According to a statement, Jones’
business approach, new service offerings and innovative strategy
made him stand out.
decision-making definitely impressed our judges,'" said Bryan
Pearce, EY Americas director for Entrepreneur Of The Year.
"Jones helped the company grow internationally both in China and
India, which are now both highly successful ventures.”
is a manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating
equipment and boilers and employs approximately 10,500 people
around the world.