Sanmina-SCI co-founder and CEO named 'Master Entrepreneur of the Year' by Northern California Ernst & Young
Jun 22, 2004
Award recognizes Jure Sola's historic role in establishing Sanmina-SCI as the global leader in EMS
Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM) announced its Chairman and CEO Jure Sola has received the prestigious 2004 Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Northern California. The Master category awards entrepreneurs whose management excellence has proven to withstand rigorous obstacles over time. These entrepreneurs have found unique solutions to difficult problems, have vastly contributed to the organization's success and have succeeded for decades. The special honor was given to Mr. Sola in recognition of his 24-year leadership in building Sanmina-SCI from a small, two-employee high-end printed circuit board (PCB) fabricator and backplane manufacturer to a $10 billion, full-service global EMS provider with over 45,000 employees. Mr. Sola, who was selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of local Silicon Valley and Northern California community and business leaders, was honored June 18, 2004, at the 18th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards banquet.
Commenting on the award, Jure Sola said, "I believe this recognition reflects the hard work and passionate dedication of our world-class team of employees. I am proud to share this achievement with the people who have played such an integral role in driving Sanmina-SCI's long-time success. Sanmina-SCI is a customer-focused, service organization and we are committed to providing our customers with leading-edge technology and world-class manufacturing. The E&Y honor is due to our enthusiasm and results-driven culture."
Sanmina-SCI, which was co-founded in 1980 by Jure Sola, was initially a PCB fabricator and backplane manufacturer, supporting the telecommunications and high-end computing markets. Today, the company is the most fully integrated, customer-focused electronics manufacturer in the world. The company provides customers with end-to-end manufacturing solutions that include design and engineering, PCB fabrication, PCB assembly, backplane assembly, cable assembly, enclosures, memory modules, optical modules, logistics and installation. Sanmina-SCI has nearly 100 manufacturing sites on five continents and services eight primary markets: communications, high-end computing, personal computing, defense and aerospace, medical, industrial/semiconductor and automotive. The company also provides custom-design manufacturing as well as original design manufacturing (ODM).
Sola further stated, "Sanmina-SCI will always strive to be the leader in the EMS market. Our job is never done. We will continue to focus on the fundamentals that drive our success through superb customer service and best-in-class engineering and manufacturing. Furthermore, we are committed to being flexible and responsive to our customers, understanding that is what got this company where it is today and, I believe, that is what will take this company forward."
About the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.