Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Finalists
Monday, May 17, 2010
Posted by: Courtney Story
DENVER, CO, 11 May 2010 – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to
announce the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award
in the Rocky Mountain region. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was
selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic
and community leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 24,
2010 at the Grand Hyatt.
"Entrepreneurship is especially vital as our nation
recovers from recession,” said Jim Wilson, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of
The Year Program Director for the Rocky Mountain region. "These finalists create
jobs in our area, encouraging healthy growth, development and innovation in the
The Rocky Mountain region finalists for the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:
- Ralph W. Christie, Jr., P.E.,
Chairman, President and CEO, Merrick & Company
- Lawrence Davis, CEO &
Founder, Advanced Assembly
- Robert Dineen, President, Rocky Mountain Natural
- Larry DiPasquale, CEO & Managing Partner, Epicurean Culinary
- Paul Ford, CEO , NetQuote
- Alan Gillan, Vice President, Coolerado
- John Griffith, President, Alpine Waste & Recycling
Hermanson, CEO , Larimer Associates, Hermanson Inc.
- Blake Jones, Co-Founder,
President & CEO, Namasté Solar
- Rick Jory, President & CEO, Sandhill
- John P. Lovett, CEO , Droplet Measurement Technologies
McClurg, CEO , HealthTrans
- Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald, Founder, President and
CEO, Megastar Financial Corp.
- Robert Pfeiffer, CEO & President, Luca
- Kevin Reddy, CEO & Chairman, Noodles & Company
- Monty Sharma, CEO and President, Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
- Emily B. Spencer,
President & CEO, Premier Medical Corporation
- Trevor Tice, CEO , Core Power
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors entrepreneurs regionally
in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally,
venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year® award regionally
are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national
level. The overall national US winner then moves on to compete for the World
Entrepreneur Of The Year title in June.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year
awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary. The program has expanded to
recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the
world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success
in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to
their businesses and communities. Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by
those in each region, including local business, academic and community leaders.
All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year®
gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, California. The
gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®,
the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading
companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum,
please visit www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.
Founded and produced
by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to
have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors. In the Rocky Mountain Region local sponsors include Faegre & Benson, Clifton
Gunderson, Denver Business Journal and JohnstonWells Public Relations.
information To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on
June 24, 2010, contact Courtney Story of Ernst & Young at 720-931-4411 or
firstname.lastname@example.org by June 17th.
Tickets are $195 per person. For more
information about the program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.
About Ernst &
Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award
makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity
among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire
others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only
truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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