Titan Machinery Inc. today announced that David Meyer, the company's chairman and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2009 Award in the distribution category in the Upper Midwest region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Meyer was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at a gala event at the Pfister Hotel on Thursday, June 11, 2009.

"I am honored to be recognized by Ernst & Young," said Meyer. "This award is a testament to the hard work and strong performance of all the employees across the entire Titan Machinery organization. We look forward to continuing our efforts to provide the best service to our customers as we grow our business."

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"We are proud to recognize the achievements of David Meyer," said Kevin Klimara, Ernst & Young Partner, Strategic Growth Markets. "Winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region's economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger."

As an Upper Midwest award winner, Meyer is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif. on November 14. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year awards are pleased to have SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors.

Regional sponsors for the Upper Midwest program include Faegre & Benson LLP, Clifton Gunderson LLP, Twin Cities Business magazine and Manpower. Locally, the program is sponsored by Padilla Speer Beardsley and The Business Journal serving Greater Milwaukee.