EY announced yesterday that Vern Underwood of Young’s Market Company — a distributor of fine wines, spirits and beverages in the western United States — will be honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award during this year’s Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program in Orange County.
Underwood has served almost all capacities at Young’s Market Company since beginning his career in the warehouse in 1955, according to a press release. Currently, he is chairman of the company’s board of directors. He is the fourth generation to lead the company, which is among the oldest family-owned businesses in the U.S.
A University of Southern California graduate, Underwood supports local causes including Hoag Memorial Hospital, Mission Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Boys & Girls Club of America, Chapman University and Medical College of Wisconsin.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is an exclusive designation by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel and bestowed upon an individual who outweighs the customary characteristics of an entrepreneur, exemplifies leadership, drives a successful business or brand with longevity and greatly contributes to our local economy and community.
The awards gala honoring entrepreneurs in Orange County and the Inland Empire will be held on June 11, 2015 at The St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach, Dana Point.
All regional award winners then move forward to complete for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national awards on November 14, 2015 in Palm Springs, Calif. The US Overall National winner will move forward to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco the following June.