All of us across the KAR group of companies want to congratulate Jim Hallett, CEO of KAR Auction Services, on a prestigious recognition he recently received—the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2014 Award in the consumer category for the Midwest. We admire his passion, his dedication and his vision.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. An independent panel of judges selected Jim for the honor, and the award was presented at a special gala event at Navy Pier in Chicago on June 18.

As a Midwest award winner, Jim is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 national program, which will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, in November. The program has commended entrepreneurs such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks and Pierre Omidyar of eBay in its 28 years.

Congratulations again to Jim and all those recognized by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ program.

Jim on stage at the awards gala delivering his acceptance speech for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2014 Award in the consumer category for the Midwest.

Jim on stage at the awards gala delivering his acceptance speech.

The 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest award recipients.

The 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest award recipients.

Congratulations to Jim on this prestigious achievement.

Congratulations to Jim on this prestigious achievement.

Jim and his wife, Helene, at the Navy Pier awards gala.

Jim and his wife, Helene, at the Navy Pier awards gala.