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Neapco President and CEO Ken Hopkins Named Finalist For Entrepreneur of the Year® 2022

CONTACT: Erin Robinson


EY recognizes Neapco President and CEO alongside 31 visionary
business leaders in Michigan and Northwest Ohio

        FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., May 23, 2022 — Neapco President and CEO Ken Hopkins was recently named a finalist of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award presented by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US). Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.

       Hopkins was selected by a panel of independent judges, made up of past Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recipients and civic and community leaders. The following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes were taken into consideration upon review of candidates.

      “I am honored and humbled to join the outstanding list of finalists for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and thrilled to represent the great Neapco team,” said Hopkins. “Neapco, like many other global organizations, has faced a multitude of challenges over the past few years, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to successfully lead our passionate organization with extremely bright prospects for the future.”

       The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986 — celebrating their efforts to build a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

       The regional finalists will be recognized and winners will be announced at the Michigan and Northwest Ohio awards celebration on June 23, 2022, at One Campus Martius in Detroit. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.


About Neapco

Founded in 1921 as the New England Auto Product Corporation, Neapco is the leading supplier of innovative driveline solutions to original equipment manufacturers and the global automotive industry. Neapco designs, manufactures and distributes high-quality, cost-effective OEM and aftermarket driveline products for automotive, light truck, heavy truck, off-road, off-highway, agriculture and industrial applications. The company’s global network facilitates optimal sourcing for competitive pricing, provides worldwide service and sales support, and enables streamlined production and distribution of high-value products, solutions and services to customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors also include Donnelley Financial Solutions, Trion Solutions Inc., Foley & Lardner LLP, and Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind.

It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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