EY recently announced that Sam Malouf, CEO of bedding accessories maker Malouf, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the distribution and manufacturing category in the Utah Region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Sam Malouf was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at The Grand America Hotel on Saturday, June 10.
In accepting the award, Sam Malouf acknowledge his wife Kacie Malouf for her role in founding and building the company. “At some point, Kacie did every job in the company: sales, accounting, marketing, orders. She continues to be my greatest source of leadership, wisdom, and inspiration.”
The couple started the company in their two-bedroom apartment 14 years ago and steadily grew it to become a recognized maker of luxury sleep products. Today, the company employs 204, ships products to stores across the U.S. and neighboring countries, and runs the Malouf Foundation, which provides comfort items to those experiencing hard times.
“This is a huge honor and a bit of a surprise, to be honest,” Sam Malouf said. “This award and our success wouldn’t be possible without the people that come to work every day and bring their best attitudes and ideas. I owe the Malouf team a huge thank you for ensuring that work is always meaningful and fun.”
In receiving the award, Sam Malouf joins three decades of innovative and successful CEOs honored for their leadership, including Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, and James Park of Fitbit.
As a Utah Region award winner, he is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 national program. Award winners in several categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of the Year National Overall Winner, will be announced at the national gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017.
To learn more about Malouf, please visit maloufsleep.com.
About Malouf: Malouf has been innovating, manufacturing, and importing quality bedding products for over 13 years. Malouf’s product lines include Z pillows, WOVEN linens, STRUCTURES frames, SLEEP TITE protectors, and ISOLUS toppers. This comprehensive offering provides retail partners with the tools needed to enhance every mattress sale. Malouf now owns over one and a half million square feet of warehousing space between the east and west coasts, allowing for streamlined shipping logistics and faster transit times.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year: Entrepreneur Of The Year, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.