President and CEO Jim Teets selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist

Jim Teets

Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 25, 2018 – ADAC Automotive President and CEO Jim Teets has been selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region.

Teets was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Regional award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“I’m honored to have been nominated and selected as a regional finalist,” Teets said. “Innovation is a primary focus at ADAC, and it’s my privilege to lead our winning team. Our associates’ work and creativity are what open the doors to growth, innovation and further entrepreneurial endeavors.”

Regional award winners are eligible for award consideration in several national categories. National winners will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 17.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation and Merrill Corporation.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region, sponsors also include Citizens Bank, Colliers International, Foley & Lardner, Oswald Companies and Tanner Friedman.

About ADAC Automotive

ADAC Automotive is a privately-held, family-owned, tier-one automotive supplier that manufactures exterior and interior door handles with integrated electronics, exterior trim and exterior mirrors for the global automotive market. ADAC was founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1975. ADAC employs 1,200 associates in nine facilities throughout Michigan. Its five manufacturing locations have a footprint of over 600,000 square feet. ADAC’s partnership with WITTE Automotive GmbH of Germany and STRATTEC Security Corporation of Wisconsin in Vehicle Access Systems Technology, or VAST Automotive Group, provides a footprint in Europe, Asia, India, and Brazil.  ADAC has two facilities in Mexico through a joint venture named ADAC STRATTEC de Mexico, or ASdM. Collectively, VAST and ASdM have 12,000 employees globally and generate $1.6 billion in sales.

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About VAST

In 2006, ADAC Automotive partnered with WITTE Automotive of Velbert, Germany and STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to form Vehicle Access Systems Technology, or VAST. Through this innovative global partnership, ADAC and the VAST alliance members provide access systems product solutions to global automotive customers utilizing established sales, engineering and manufacturing locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

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