Mr. Lambert also saw the recession as an opportunity to review and assess the company's long-term strategy. What resulted was a growth strategy that is placing greater focus on leveraging MSA's core strengths and product lines, seizing growth opportunities in emerging markets around the world, and achieving operational excellence throughout MSA's global organization. At the end of 2011, MSA sales reached a record $1.2 billion.Now in its 26 th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more. For the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, winners in several categories, as well as one overall winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Ca. on November 17, 2012. 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. Sponsors Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, sponsors include PNC Bank; ParenteBeard, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; The Bravo Group and Smart Business Network. About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year ® Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.