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Technology Companies Represent Half of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Friday, June 25, 2010   (0 Comments)
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CSIA Note:
Three of six winners for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards announced last night represent the technology industry, so congratulations to them -- as well as all recipients of this honored recognition.

Information taken from the Denver Business Journal. For the full story, visit the full story in The Denver Business Journal.

The three technology companies are:
Health care — Jack McClurg, HealthTrans. In 2000, McClurg co-founded HealthTrans LLC with three partners, investing $10,000 each. HealthTrans manages prescription drug claims for employers, government agencies and health plans. Clients include companies such as Kaiser Permanente and BMW of North America LLC.

Services — Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald, MegaStar Financial Corp. Padilla-Fitzgerald, founder, president and CEO of MegaStar Financial, thought computer programs that mortgage firms used to track loan information were inefficient, so she built her own. She called it mBoss, and her mortgage banking firm has used it since launching in 1999.

Technology — Paul Ford, NetQuote. Ford is president and CEO of NetQuote Inc., an online service that matches insurance agents nationwide with customers in need of health, auto or other types of coverage.

The othree winners are:

Retail and consumer products — Trevor Tice, CorePower Yoga LLC. Tice is founder and CEO of CorePower Yoga LLC, a high-end chain of yoga studios featuring heated practice rooms and spa-like facilities, including locker rooms. Tice discovered yoga after a rock climbing accident prevented him from participating in recreational sports. That’s when he got hooked — and also found a business opportunity that’s now one of the largest yoga chains in the United States.

Energy — Blake Jones, Namasté Solar. Jones is co-founder, president and CEO of Namasté Solar Electric Inc. in Boulder. He became known nationally when he guided President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on a tour of the solar panels atop the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Feb. 17, 2009, when Obama came to Denver to sign the stimulus law (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).

Hospitality — Kevin Reddy, Noodles & Company. Reddy is CEO and chairman of Noodles & Company, a classic casual restaurant success story. Aaron Kennedy started the company in 1995; Reddy joined in 2005.

Other finalists for the 2010 awards are:
■Ralph W. Christie Jr., chairman, president and CEO, Merrick & Co.
■Lawrence Davis, CEO and founder, Advanced Assembly.
■Robert Dineen, president, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats Inc.
■Larry DiPasquale, CEO and managing partner, Epicurean Culinary Group.
■Alan Gillan, vice president, Coolerado Corp.
■John Griffith, president, Alpine Waste & Recycling.
■Jeff Hermanson, CEO, Larimer Associates, Hermanson Inc.
■Rick Jory, president and CEO, Sandhill Scientific Inc.
■John P. Lovett, CEO, Droplet Measurement Technologies.
■Robert Pfeiffer, CEO and president, Luca Technologies Inc.
■Monty Sharma, CEO and president, Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
■Emily B. Spencer, president and CEO, Premier Medical Corp.

The Denver Business Journal is a regional sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards, as are Faegre & Benson, Clifton Gunderson and JohnstonWells Public Relations.

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