PALM SPRINGS, CA — EY announced on Nov. 12 that Christopher O’Connor, President and CEO of Humanetics Innovative Solutions, a manufacturer of safety testing products, was named a national finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award in the Distribution and Manufacturing category. Now in its 32nd year, this prestigious award recognizes dynamic entrepreneurs who are forging a better future through products, services and jobs that keep our worldwide economy and communities moving forward. Mr. O’Connor was named a finalist by an independent panel of judges, and the recognition was announced at EY’s Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs on Nov. 11.
“To be recognized for this award is a tremendous honor, but the credit should go to the wonderful team we have in place at Humanetics who work every day to develop life-saving products,” O’Connor said. “Our most iconic product, the crash test dummy, is an essential component in the design of safer vehicles and it is humbling to be a part of safeguarding the lives of our family and friends on the roads. Our team is dedicated to bringing the most advanced mission-critical test products to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, energy, medical and the military.”
For more than 65 years, Humanetics has been a global designer, manufacturer and supplier of crash test dummies and calibration equipment, crash sensors and instrumentation and crash simulation software models. Humanetics also offers a growing portfolio of active safety testing products for ADAS and autonomous vehicles, including over-runnable test platforms and driving robots. Subsidiary HITEC Sensor Developments designs and manufacturers load cells, strain gaged based force and torque sensors, instruments and complete test systems, and is an innovator of custom sensor solutions specific to a customer’s application. Subsidiary Fibercore manufactures the most comprehensive suite of specialty optical fibers used in a broad and growing range of applications including Fiber Optic Gyroscopes (FOGs), fiber optic hydrophones, fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) and embedded sensors. Humanetics has over 750 employees across 20 facilities strategically located around the world, with the global corporate headquarters situated in Farmington Hills, MI, USA.
EY has celebrated entrepreneurial excellence by honoring those innovators and prominent leaders who have contributed and inspired others with their vision, leadership and achievement since 1986. Their companies have succeeded in invigorating their industries and benefitting their communities, while also encouraging and empowering others to follow their lead. In 2018, the 231 award winners represented 187 entrepreneurial companies, employing more than 213,000 people with a job growth of 46 percent. They generated revenue of more than $66 billion, with revenue growth increasing more than 56 percent.
Christopher O’Connor was previously selected as a regional Entrepreneur Of The Year winner in the Manufacturing category from the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region in 2012.