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EY Announces Oswald Companies as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award Finalist in East Central

oswaldcompanies May 20, 2019
Bob Klonk of Oswald Companies receiving an award

CLEVELAND – May 20, 2019 – EY announced that Oswald Companies, represented by Chief Executive Officer Robert Klonk, was recognized as finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the East Central program. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Oswald was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on June 13 at the Cincinnati Music Hall in Cincinnati.


“As Oswald Companies has turned the corner on its next 125 years, we hold fast to the notion that innovation is always finding better ways to serve our clients, and as an employee-owned organization, we have more than 400 “entrepreneurs-in-residence” who share this mindset,” says Klonk. “We are proud to be named a finalist in this prestigious program, on behalf of our employee-owners, clients, and communities we serve.”

Oswald continues to create and execute industry leading insurance and risk management solutions across its four primary business units and seven office locations throughout Ohio and Michigan. These initiatives include, but aren’t limited to, advanced health care and benefits programs including direct primary care solutions and specialized networks, as well as the execution of captives as alternative risk management solutions. Klonk’s future vision is centered on the firm’s strategic plan, which features advancements in innovation, along with continued efforts in engagement across generations, diversity and inclusion, and training and development.

View full list of East Central finalists here.

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Oswald Companies:

Founded in 1893, Cleveland-based and employee-owned, Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms. As a proud Partner of Assurex Global, the world’s largest association of privately held insurance brokers, our risk management professionals service and support the needs of our clients worldwide. Learn more at

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