Chris Metz, the CEO of Vista Outdoor, won the Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Heartland Award. The award, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed, per the EY US website.
The Heartland program celebrates entrepreneurs from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
EY has honored the curiosity, ingenuity, courage and drive of unstoppable entrepreneurs since 1986, and we are proud to continue the tradition again this year by celebrating this outstanding group of leadersDominic Iannazzo, EY Partner and Heartland co-director
Winners of the award were “evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.”
Each of these entrepreneurs has persevered to make their visions become a reality, and I have no doubt that they will benefit from and serve as valuable members of our global Entrepreneur of the Year communityPatrick Cleary, EY Partner and Heartland co-director
Metz has served as CEO of the Camp Chef parent company since 2017. Recently, Vista Outdoor announced that they are splitting into two publicly traded brands. The Outdoor Products brand, which Camp Chef is part of, will have Metz at the helm.
I am humbled and honored by this award, But being recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Heartland Award is a testament not only to me but to the hardworking and talented people I’ve surrounded myself with at Vista Outdoor, from the C-suite and through all of the brands in our outdoor and sporting products portfolio. We encourage each other to be more entrepreneurial every day, and the result is a constantly evolving and thriving company that prides itself on thinking big and finding success.Chris Metz, CEO of Vista Outdoor Inc.
As a regional award winner, Metz will be considered for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 National Awards in November. Continuing on the bracket, the national winner faces off for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June of 2023.