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Executive Committee Members for Vent-A-Hood® and Milestone Distributors Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Finalist

RICHARDSON, Texas – (May 29, 2013) – The family-owned businesses of Vent-A-Hood® and Milestone Distributors, headquartered in Texas, today announced that executive committee members William Miles Woodall, III, Kirk Woodall, Blake Woodall and Blair Woodall were named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Finalist in the Southwest Area North Awards Program.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Recognized for their contribution to the kitchen appliance industry, to American manufacturing and to multi-generation family-led businesses, the Woodall family members have pioneered indoor cooking ventilation with Vent-A-Hood®, the oldest manufacturer of residential range hoods now celebrating its 80th anniversary. Similarly, Milestone Distributors has become a premiere kitchen appliance distributor, representing Viking appliances and other leading luxury brands, with the exclusive territory for showrooms and Milestone culinary centers throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

That business success has led to philanthropic endeavors for the companies and the community in return. Through a scholarship program, continuing education programs, civic volunteer duties and more, the family has left a lasting impression on its local community as well as the national and international customers who are served each year.

“We are proud to represent the entrepreneurial spirit of American manufacturing,” said William Miles Woodall, III. “Our mission is to design and manufacture high-end, specialized residential cooking ventilation equipment of excellent quality that is both stylish and functional. We have maintained our focus through eight decades of economic market swings and various design trends. The range hood has been the pathway to success for our family and its associated businesses.”

The Woodalls were selected from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 22, 2013, at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

About Vent-A-Hood®:

Founded in 1933, Vent-A-Hood®, based in Richardson, Texas, is the oldest manufacturer of residential range hoods in America. Each product manufactured by Vent-A-Hood® is individually engineered for performance in addition to style. Vent-A-Hood® products are sold in all 50 states as well as Canada. For more information, please visit You can also follow Vent-A-Hood® on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress, YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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