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2015 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.


Anand Nallathambi
President & CEO
CoreLogic, Inc.
Financial Services Winner: 2013
OC Judge: 2014

Bob Holmen, Co-founder & Managing Director
Miramar Venture Partners
OC Judge: 2009-2012, 2014

Craig Boundy, CEO
Experian North America

Dan Lubeck, Founder & Managing Director
Solis Capital Partners
OC Judge: 2013-2014

Heidi Golledge
Co-founder & CEO
Business Services Winner: 2013

Jeff Frieden, Co-founder & CEO
Real Estate Winner: 2014

Jonathan Ord
Co-founder & CEO
DealerSocket, Inc.
B2B Winner: 2014

Kim Kovacs, Managing Director
Arroyo Ventures

Liz McKinley, Founder & CEO
Pinnacle Petroleum, Inc.
Distribution & Manufacturing Winner: 2010
OC Judge: 2014

Michael Hajeck
Retired Founder, SiliconSystems
Retired Sr. VP & GM, Western Digital
Technology Winner – 2008
OC Judge – 2012-2013

Reggie Gilyard, Dean
Chapman University, The George L. Argyros
School of Business and Economics
OC Judge: 2013-2014

Reynolds Bish, CEO
Kofax, Inc.
Software Winner: 2003 (Captiva Software, San Diego)
Judge: 2005 (San Diego), 2014 (Orange County)

Steele Platt, Retired Founder
Yard House Restaurants
Retail Winner: 2003
OC Judge: 2013-2014
National Judge: 2014

Steve Layton, Co-founder & Principal
LBA Realty
OC Judge: 2009-2012, 2014

Steve Plochocki, President & CEO
Quality Systems, Inc.
Health Sciences Winner: 2002 (InSight Health Services)
OC Judge: 2003-2005, 2009-2012, 2014
National Judge: 2010-2011