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Aqua America CEO Chris Franklin named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 award finalist in Greater Philadelphia


Aqua America (NYSE: WTR) Chairman and CEO Chris Franklin has been named
a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 award in Greater
Philadelphia. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business
awards in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of
high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation,
financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and
communities, while also transforming our world. Franklin was selected as
a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be
announced at a special gala event on June 19, 2019 at the Kimmel Center
for the Performing Arts.

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Aqua's Chairman and CEO Chris Franklin is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 award finalist in Gre ...

Aqua's Chairman and CEO Chris Franklin is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 award finalist in Greater Philadelphia. (Photo: Business Wire)

"I am honored to be in the running for such a prestigious award among
many other deserving nominees," said Franklin. "This nomination is only
possible because of the hard work and dedication of the more than 1,600
Aqua employees across our company. I am fortunate to work alongside
devoted and enthusiastic colleagues each day, and this nomination is a
true reflection of their commitment to the value they deliver to our
customers and shareholders."

Franklin was nominated for the award by John Colella, managing director
at Moelis & Company, who recognized Franklin for leading Aqua's strategy
that produced the
of natural gas distributor Peoples in October 2018,
which will nearly double the size of the company.

Colella said, "Chris has been a visionary in the utility industry for
many years. Since taking over as CEO of Aqua America, he has clearly
invigorated the company and culture with a renewed sense of
entrepreneurship. This approach led to a transformational acquisition,
which has been lauded in the utility marketplace and has positioned the
company for even greater future success. Aqua is a better company today
as a result of this bold, entrepreneurial move, and its customers,
shareholders and communities will also be better for it."

Now in its 33rd year, EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year® program
encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and
recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their
vision, leadership and achievement. As the only global awards program of
its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and
leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them
through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145
cities and more than 60 countries.

Aqua America is the second-largest publicly traded water utility based
in the U.S., and serves more than 3 million people in Pennsylvania,
Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia.
Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker
symbol WTR. Visit
for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at
and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.


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