Elizabethtown, KY — July 5, 2010 — Sun Tan City, the leader in the industry with the fastest growing chain of privately owned tanning salons, today announced that Rick Kueber, Founder and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in the retail category in South Central Ohio & Kentucky. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Rick Kueber was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Duke Energy Center on June 24, 2010.
Sun Tan City is the largest tanning salon operator in the Ohio Valley region with over 100 locations in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Maine and Tennessee. The business provides full-service indoor tanning services and related products to consumers. In 2007, Rick refined the Sun Tan City concept to a point that the first franchise location was opened in Augusta, Maine. The franchise location was immediately successful and the initial franchisee now has 16 locations in Maine and New Hampshire. Building upon that success, Sun Tan City now has 8 franchise groups who operate over 50 salons under the Sun Tan City banner.
“On behalf of Sun Tan City and our over 1,000 employees, I am extremely honored to accept this award. Without their many sacrifices and contributions to developing this concept, along with the loving support of my wife and family, none of this would have been possible”, said Rick Kueber, Founder and CEO, Sun Tan City. “As the second winner from Elizabethtown in the last 2 years, I believe this also shows the strength of the business community in Central Kentucky.”
Rick currently is serving a three year term on the Indoor Tanning Association’s board of directors. He is also a member of Young Professionals Organization (YPO), a worldwide organization of more than 20,000 elite business leaders.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards celebrate their 24th anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
As a South Central Ohio & Kentucky award recipient, Rick Kueber is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year& 2010 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 13, 2010. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.