Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central Plains Award Finalist  



EY Announces Dan Berardi Of Priority1 as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central Plains Award Finalist


Little Rock, AR May 2nd, 2022 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Dan Berardi, CEO Of Priority1, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central Plains Award finalist. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed. 

Berardi was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized with so many other accomplished companies as a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and share this honor with the entire Priority1 team. Priority1 was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit that is still echoed throughout the organization today. Our team’s commitment to results and unwavering dedication have led to our success. We’ll use this unique and prestigious recognition as fuel to continue combining incredibly talented, motivated and diverse people with remarkable technology to disrupt the transportation space.” — Daniel Berardi, Chief Executive Officer. 

The company’s mission is to be the innovator and leader in establishing customers, employees and vendors by exceeding their expectations through its people, technology expertise and value. Priority1 measures its success by how well the company can simplify your logistics needs. 

Regional award winners will be announced on June 25. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023. 

For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. 


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Central Plains, sponsors also include Colliers International, Donnelly Financial Solutions, Haynes and Boone LLP, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, D CEO, Marquee Events, and Vari.  

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®  

Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. 

It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy 

About EY Private  

As Advisors to the ambitious™, EY Private professionals possess the experience and passion to support private businesses and their owners in unlocking the full potential of their ambitions. EY Private teams offer distinct insights born from the long EY history of working with business owners and entrepreneurs. These teams support the full spectrum of private enterprises including private capital managers and investors and the portfolio businesses they fund, business owners, family businesses, family offices and entrepreneurs. Visit ey.com/us/private 

About EY 

EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. 

Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate. 

Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today. 

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via ey.com/privacy. EY member firms do not practice law where prohibited by local laws. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com

Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited operating in the US. 

About Priority1 

Priority1 is a privately held, non-asset-based logistics brokerage provider that introduces proprietary technology to small and medium shippers, aiding them in managing their transportation spend more efficiently. The brokerage leverages its volume of over 1.5M annual shipments to create unique partnerships with asset-based carriers in the North American freight market. Priority1’s industry-leading technology and group purchasing power provide its customers with the necessary tools to control its freight and transportation costs while improving visibility in their distribution network. To learn more, visit Priority1.com

Media Contacts: 

Lydia Caddy 



1+ (215) 444-6654 


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