EY announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2012 Award in Northern California

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San Jose, CA, 30 April 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2012 Award in Northern California. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected from nearly 135 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 2, 2012 at The Fairmont San Francisco.

The Finalists are:

Lee Chen, Founder & CEO, A10 Networks
Tom Bedecarre, CEO, AKQA
Lawrence Blatt, CEO and Founder, Alios BioPharma
John Foraker, Chief Executive Officer, Annie's, Inc.
Matt Mullenweg, Founder, Automattic
John Woolard, President and CEO, BrightSource Energy, Inc.
John Boncher, President & CEO, Cupertino Electric, Inc.
Hubert Thieblot, CEO and Founder, Curse, Inc.
Guo-Liang Yu, President & CEO, Epitomics Inc.
Nicholas Woodman, Founder & CEO, GoPro
Matthew Monahan, CEO & Co-Founder, and Brian Monahan, Chief Idea Guy & Co-Founder, Inflection
Tasso Roumeliotis, Founder and CEO, Location Labs
Neil Grimmer, CEO and Co-founder, Nest Collective
Lisa Im, CEO, Performant Financial Corporation
Robert Duggan, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Pharmacyclics, Inc.
Mike Sechrist, Chief Executive Officer, and Elena Whorton, President, ProTransport-1
Geoffrey T. Barker, Co-Founder & COO, RPX Corporation
Dale Carlsen, Founder & CEO, Sleep Train
Larry Augustin, CEO, SugarCRM
David Goldberg, CEO, SurveyMonkey
Burton M. Goldfield, President and CEO, TriNet
Lars Buttler, Founder & CEO, Trion Worlds, Inc.
Bill Demas, President and CEO, Turn
Tarkan Maner, President and CEO, Wyse Technology

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
 
Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Northern California, sponsors include ManpowerGroup, The Big Picture, Smart Business Network, Inc., ADP, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Barney & Barney.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the 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, 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About EY
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This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a US client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.

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