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Trinity Consultants announces that its President/CEO, John E. (Jay) Hofmann, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Southwest Area North region.  According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Hofmann was selected as a finalist from nearly 72 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

“At Trinity, we work hard to stay focused on always improving our organization to better help our industrial clients address their challenging environmental issues.  It’s rewarding that our efforts puts us in company with other top business leaders and their organizations,” said Hofmann.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year awards program celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.  The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of The Year national program.  The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Eric Bommer, Director at Trinity Consultants and Partner at Sentinel Capital Partners, stated: “We would like to congratulate Jay and his team for this accomplishment. This recognition is well-deserved, and Sentinel is very proud to be his partner in building Trinity’s business.”

Trinity’s management and Sentinel, a private equity firm that invests in promising, smaller middle-market companies, acquired Trinity in a management buyout transaction in November 2007.  Founded in 1974, Trinity Consultants is a nationwide environmental consulting firm that assists organizations with regulatory compliance as well as sustainability and environmental management.  The firm also provides BREEZE environmental modeling software, EH&S staffing services, and EH&S information management solutions.