Horizon exec a top entrepreneur
Charles Raymond, president and chief executive of Horizon Lines of Charlotte, has been named the Carolinas’ 2005 Ernst & Young Manufacturing and Distribution Entrepreneur of the Year.
Raymond oversaw the creation of Horizon Lines by CSX Lines during a restructuring in 2001. CSX Lines formerly was the U.S. shipping container business of Sea-Land Services Inc.
Horizon Lines is now one of the nation’s leading container shippers, transporting a majority of the food, consumer goods, medicines and other goods in shipping routes between the continental United States and Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Six other Charlotteans were among 27 finalists for the annual Carolinas awards.
They were John Owens, president of Ameritrust Mortgage Co.; Joseph Drury, chief executive of Bojangles’ Restaurants; Kenneth Gill, chief executive of CPI Security Systems Inc.; Ryan Dienst, managing partner of Global Medical Imaging; Scott Ray, founder of Global Medical Imaging; and Kenneth Walker, chief executive of Meineke Car Care Centers Inc.
The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses.
Carolinas award recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges comprised of area leaders from business, academic and civic organizations. Raymond and nine other Carolinas award recipients are eligible for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The Carolinas award recipients were announced at a black-tie ceremony Thursday night at The Westin Charlotte hotel.
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