Erik Jølberg, cofounder and now owner of TESS as, reached the top in the trade category of this year’s final in the Norwegian competition for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Nominees from 12 companies qualified for the final round and competed for victory in the trade, industry and services categories. The award ceremony took place in Oslo in November with 400 guests in the audience.
Winners were named in three categories: trade, industry and services. Erik Jølberg of TESS won the trading category.
The award referred Erik Jølberg’s company as an industrial adventure. “From a modest start with two employees in 1968, TESS has become Norway’s largest provider of hoses for all purposes along with associated services”, announced the presenter.
“Today, the company has 100 service centers across the country, more than 900 employees in Norway and 7 foreign locations in Denmark, Aberdeen, Houston, Brazil and Singapore. Through long-term vision, hard work and continuously seeking new goals and opportunities, Jølberg has helped create a market-leading company within its industry, and a solid brand name which is clearly visible in the business world. At the age of 73, Erik Jølberg is still head of the company, and just as involved in its details and operation. For him, being the leader and developing TESS is a way of life”, continued the introduction.
TESS has been an EDiS member since 1994 and Erik Jølberg has been its President for two periods.