Cobalt founder wins entrepreneur of the year award

NEODESHA, Kan. – Cobalt Boats Founder and Chairman Pack St. Clair was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, an award recognizing business leadership among companies based in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

St. Clair’s award came in the “Master” category, according to a release from Cobalt, honoring businesspeople who have inspired other entrepreneurs with their vision and their achievements over the years. St. Clair will now move to Ernst & Young’s national competition in November.

The award was selected by an independent panel of judges composed of regional business, academic and community leaders.

In announcing his father’s selection, Cobalt President Paxson St. Clair credited his father for the company's success.

“We owe our success to my father’s unwavering dedication and his innate ability to turn a challenge into an opportunity," Paxson St. Clair said. "In the early years, he created demand in a niche market by creating the dream of luxury runabouts. Today, we are a nationally recognized leader in our industry, a testament to my father’s vision and his commitment to the company and its employees.”

Now in its 24th year, Ernst & Young program recognizes business leaders in 135 cities in 50 countries who have demonstrated success in the innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their companies and to their communities.

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