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Congratulations to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Orange County Region Award recipients.

Among a field of outstanding competitors, these leaders stood out for their dedication, brilliance, creativity and gumption. You've inspired us all!

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Wholesale & Retail

Jeff Walker, CEO,  –  Alliance Entertainment, Irvine

Biotech / Technology

Charles Dunlop and James Dunlop, Co-founders – Ambry Genetics, Aliso Viejo

Community Contribution

Kim Cripe, CEO and President – Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange

Healthcare Products & Services

Mike Mussallem, Chairman and CEO – Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine

Consumer Products

Andrew Peykoff II, CEO and President – Niagara Bottling, Ontario

Financial Services

Joe Duran, CEO – United Capital Financial Advisers, Newport Beach

Lifetime Award Honoree

Vernon Underwood, Chairman – Young’s Market Company Tustin

Youth Scholarship Recipient

Lesley Garcia, Student – El Modena High School, Orange

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Finalists announced!

Honoring world-class entrepreneurs for 29 years

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) awards program is the premier mark of world-class individuals leading world-class companies. It is a competitive award with an independently-governed judging panel and a precise due diligence process that positions it above all others. It recognizes leaders who are driving successful, innovative businesses and celebrates their exemplary performance.

Through the program, nominees can recognize leadership achievements, expand networks, broaden and diversify their public relations and media opportunities, and meet hard-to-reach peers with a wealth of knowledge to share.

There are 25 regional programs. All winners are crowned in June and move forward to compete for national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in November.

  • Standard eligibility
  • Judging
  • Criteria
  • Benefits of entry

What applicants should expect

  • Nomination phase
  • Nomination phase
    • Nominations closed March 6
  • Semifinalist phase
  • Finalist phase
  • Awards Gala
    • June 11, 2015 | The St. Regis Resort, Dana Point
      • Awards gala at The St. Regis Resort, Dana Point. Categories and award winners will be announced during this memorable evening among approximately 500 guests. Finalists are encouraged to bring their executive team, nominator, and family members to celebrate this momentous evening.


Sponsoring Entrepreneur Of The Year puts your company in touch with a targeted group of decision-makers. Because the program attracts thousands of founders and CEOs of fast-growth companies each year, your company will have a powerful opportunity to increase your visibility and build relationships with an elite target audience. No other program offers one-on-one interaction opportunities with this audience of top executives.

For complete details, along with various sponsorship options to fit your needs, contact Kathy Beckman at (949) 437-0236 or kathy.beckman@ey.com.