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KNOXVILLE — Two alumni of the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recently were selected as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2008.

Robert Baron, chairman, president, CEO and founder of Baron Group of Companies, and Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corp., were named the Entrepreneurs Of the Year in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee region. As regional award winners, they are now in competition for the national awards, to be presented in November.

Both Baron and Boyd received bachelor’s degrees in business administration from UT in 1968 and 1979, respectively.

Considered the most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognize the pioneers and innovators who excel at growing and sustaining market-leading businesses.

Twenty-two years ago, Ernst & Young created the Entrepreneur of the Year awards as a way to identify, honor and support outstanding business leaders. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.


Cindy Raines, (865) 974-4359,