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Mediware CEO Kelly Mann Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year®2016 Award Winner in the Central Midwest

Award recognizes game-changing business leaders who serve as exceptional mentors to employees, and make impressive contributions to their community

Lenexa, Kansas, June 20, 2016: EY today announced that the president and CEO of Mediware Information Systems, Inc., Kelly Mann, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Central Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program.

Mediware's president and CEO, Kelly Mann (far left) was one of seven finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award.

Mediware’s president and CEO, Kelly Mann (far left) was one of seven finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award.

Mann was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special black-tie gala event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City June 16. He was among 21 finalists in the Central Midwest region and was among seven selected for consideration at the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program, which will be presented in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016.

“I am humbled that my team and this community nominated me to represent Mediware for this respected award,” said Mann, who joined the company in September 2007. “The Mediware team, including our board directors, our business leaders, our 600 employees and our private equity partners, Thomas Bravo, work tirelessly to produce products that successfully impact healthcare and human services operations throughout the country and abroad. It is truly a pleasure to be part of such a successful company,” stated Mann.

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. In addition to the offerings in the blood management and medication management markets, Mann has played a major role in expanding Mediware’s position in the post-acute care and human and social services markets. The company traditionally acquires 1-2 companies each year, and Mann says those efforts will likely continue with the strong financial and supportive backing of Thomo Bravo. Mann also encourages and takes great pride in the company’s efforts to support the United Way campaign each year.

The Entrepreneur Of the Year program has honored the leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Central Midwest, region sponsors include: PNC Bank, Lathrop & Gage, Lockton Companies and Common Ground Public Relations.

About Mediware
Since 1980, Mediware has provided software solutions to healthcare providers and has since expanded to serve many state and federal agencies. Mediware’s solutions are perfect for high-growth, complex patient care environments that remain underserved by existing vendors. The company employs more than 500 subject matter experts who deeply understand business and care processes in highly specialized acute, non-acute and community-based care settings and have years of experience integrating systems. Mediware’s portfolio of solutions currently includes human and social services, behavioral health, blood solutions, cellular therapy, home care, medication management, rehabilitation, and respiratory therapy. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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.

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Michelle Caldwell

Michelle is the Corporate Event Planner at Mediware. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, with an emphasis in Public Relations and Electronic Media from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

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