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2014 Judging panel

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners and civic and community leaders devote significant effort to review and deliberate the merits of each nominee. We deeply appreciate their dedication to this process.


LA judge Armstrong

Jim Armstrong
Managing Director
Clearstone Venture Partners

LA judge Hardy

Mark Hardy
Aurora Capital Group

LA judge Harman

Jeri Harman
Managing Partner
Avante Mezzanine Partners

LA judge Jenkins

Carlton Jenkins
The Yucaipa Companies

LA judge Jones

Brad Jones
Managing Director
Redpoint Ventures*

LA judge Kutsenda

Eric Kutsenda
Managing Partner
Seidler Equity Partners

Berry Levin

Barry C. Levin
Chairman & CEO
Snak King Corporation*

LA judge Lewis

J. Christopher Lewis
General Partner
Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners

LA judge Livingstone

Dr. Linda Livingstone
Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University

LA judge Nazar

Jason Nazar
Co-founder & CEO

LA judge Pourzanjani

Kamran Pourzanjani
Founder and CEO

LA judge Pritzker

Anthony Pritzker
Managing Partner
The Pritzker Group

LA judge Schoenfeld

Julie Schoenfeld
President and CEO
Perfect Market, Inc.

LA judge Stagen

Mark Stagen
Founder and CEO
Emerald Health Services**

*Prior Award Recipient
** Prior Award Recipient and National Finalist