Andrew Lefkowitz, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Solon-based Locus Fermentation Solutions, was given one of eight Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year awards for the East Central region on June 17.
Lefkowitz’s company uses non-GMO microorganisms, commonly called “probiotics,” to replace chemicals in a variety of industries, including the agriculture and the oil and gas industries. In less than five years, Lefkowitz and his co-founder, Sean Farmer, have grown the business into seven offices in four states with more than 120 employees. After a legal career, Lefkowitz and Farmer also started Ganeden, an IP-based probiotic supplier, before starting Locus Fermentation Solutions.
Lefkowitz, a member of Kehillas Bnai Torah in Beachwood, was selected from among hundreds of nominations for the regional award and will be traveling to Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 16 to compete on the national level. He said he was a little uncomfortable with the recognition, but proud to be recognized for doing the right thing.
“I’ve always been against doing anything to promote myself or the business, as opposed to the products and services that we provide, so it’s probably a little bit uncomfortable (receiving the award), but I’m very proud that we have a business that is now being recognized for doing the right thing both internally with the way we treat our employees and externally in the way we treat our clients,” he said. “We’re on the right side of history, we’re doing the right thing.”
Lefkowitz, who is active in the Jewish community, lives with his wife, Isa, in University Heights and has six children.