Ernst & Young announces Semifinalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in Northern California
San Francisco, 13 April 2012 — Ernst & Young LLP today announced the 53 Semifinalists for the Ernst & Young 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 Semifinalists are:
Lee Chen, Founder & CEO, A10 Networks
Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO, AgraQuest, Inc.
Tom Bedecarre, CEO, AKQA
Amar Panchal, CEO, Akraya, Inc.
Lawrence Blatt, CEO and Founder, Alios BioPharma
John Foraker, Chief Executive Officer, Annie's, Inc.
Chris Barbin, CEO, Appirio
Matt Mullenweg, Founder, Automattic
Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-Founder, Box
John Woolard, President and CEO, BrightSource Energy, Inc.
Tom Kemp, President and CEO, Centrify Corporation
Justin Gagnon, CEO, Choicelunch
Marcus Benedetti, President and CEO, Clover Stornetta Farms
Dr. Clifford Reid, Co-Founder, Chairman, President and CEO, Complete Genomics
Kevin Brown, CEO, Coraid
Ronni Zehavi, CEO and Founder, Cotendo Inc
Anthony Bettencourt, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board, Coverity
John Boncher, President & CEO, Cupertino Electric, Inc.
Hubert Thieblot, CEO and Founder, Curse, Inc.
Fabio Rosati, President & CEO, Elance, Inc.
Guo-Liang Yu, President & CEO, Epitomics Inc.
David Chun, CEO and Founder, Equilar, Inc.
Mike Burkland, President and CEO, Five9, Inc.
Matthew Monahan, CEO & Co-Founder, and Brian Monahan, Chief Idea Guy & Co-Founder, Inflection
Kevin Chou, CEO and Co-Founder, Kabam, Inc.
Mark Fischer-Colbrie, President, CEO, and Richard Ellson, VP R&D, CTO, Labcyte Inc.
Tasso Roumeliotis, Founder and CEO, Location Labs
Eric Ryan, Co-Founder, and Adam Lowry, Co-Founder, method products Inc.
Prem Chand, CEO, President and Founder, Milestone Technologies, Inc.
Neil Grimmer, CEO and Co-founder, Nest Collective
Neil Koehler, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
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
Arno Harris, CEO, Recurrent Energy
Payam Zamani, Founder & CEO, Reply Inc
Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO, Roku
Geoffrey T. Barker, Co-Founder & COO, RPX Corporation
Christian Lawrence, CEO, and Ciaran Power, President, SFL Data
Dale Carlsen, Founder & CEO, Sleep Train
Paul Pluschkell, CEO, Founder, Spigit
Larry Augustin, CEO, SugarCRM
David Goldberg, CEO, SurveyMonkey
Dan Castles, CEO, Telestream, Inc.
Burton M. Goldfield, President and CEO, TriNet
Lars Buttler, Founder & CEO, Trion Worlds, Inc.
Bill Demas, President and CEO, Turn
Nicholas Woodman, Founder & CEO, GoPro
Tarkan Maner, President and CEO, Wyse Technology
David Sacks, Founder and CEO, Yammer
Ivan Koon, CEO, YouSendIt
Tien Tzuo, Founder and CEO, Zuora
Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Product Officer, Zynga Inc.
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 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young 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 Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
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 and Barney & Barney.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young 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.
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