The global accounting firm Ernst & Young, or EY, has named AGB Investigative Services founder and CEO John H. Griffin Jr. a finalist for its 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Griffin was chosen by a panel of independent judges as a finalist for the Midwest region. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on June 13 at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.

“Being named a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which cuts across all industries, is a great honor for AGB,” Griffin said. “This award is a testament to the innovation, ingenuity, and philanthropy of the organization.”

An authority in security and risk mitigation, Griffin has been involved in high-level security prevention and investigations for more than 16 years and has extensive local and national experience. He was trained by U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Secret Service in computer forensics. Additionally, Griffin is a certified Forensic Expert Witness who has ongoing collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

AGB (Always Giving Back) Investigative Services is committed to developing men and women through the vehicle of security. AGB consists of an educational Institute, a 501(c)3 foundation dedicated to workforce development & scholarships for Chicago’s youth, and a for-profit that stands on the principle of ‘giving’. AGB goes beyond the traditional security company, as its top priority is workforce development and one-on-one mentoring.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

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

Local sponsors for the Midwest program include Plexus Groupe, LaSalle Network, Cresa, PNC, Becker Professional Education and 1871.

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 145 cities and more than 60 countries.