Novus International Inc. President and CEO Thad W. Simons Jr. was named the Ernst & Young 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year in the manufacturing and distribution category.

Simons was recognized for his accomplishments in building Novus into the global company it is today. "Successful entrepreneurs need to take risks and leave comfortable positions behind to build new companies in untested markets," said Bryan Pearce, Americas director of the Entrepreneur of the Year program. "[Simons] has done just that."

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Howard W. Lutnick, chairman and CEO of BGC Partners Inc., was named the overall national winner of the 2010 award.