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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia, 15 May 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Greater Philadelphia. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected from over 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 20 at the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia.

The finalists are:

  • Julie Copeland, CEO
    Arbill, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeff Dittus, CEO
    Audience Partners, Ft. Washington, PA
  • Steven Dabrow, CEO
    Chelten House Products, Inc., Bridgeport, NJ
  • Dr. Calvin Knowlton, Chairman, CEO & Founder
    CareKinesis, Moorestown, NJ
  • Dr. John Tedeschi, Chairman of the Board & CEO
    Continuum Health Alliance, Marlton, NJ
  • Apu Gupta, CEO and Co-Founder and Nick Shiftan, CTO and Co-Founder
    Curalate, Philadelphia, PA
  • Frances Pierce, President, Chairman & CEO
    Data Systems Analysts, Inc.
  • Thomas Gravina, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder
    Evolve IP, Wayne, PA
  • Michael Forman, CEO
    Franklin Square Capital Partners, Philadelphia, PA
  • John Cowles, President & CEO
    FXI, Inc., Media, PA
  • Barrett Ersek, CEO
    Holganix, Glen Mills, PA
  • Jerry Schiano, President & CEO
    New Penn Financial, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Bill Marvin, President & CEO
    InstaMed, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sam Whitaker, Founder & CEO
    Greenphire, King of Prussia, PA
  • Jay Shah, CEO and Neil Shah
    President & COO, Hersha Group, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeff Bartos, President & CEO
    Mark Group Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • John D. McCarthy Jr., President
    McCarthy Tire Service, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Ian Kiernan, CEO
    MRops, Inc., Warrington, PA
  • Jim Foster, CEO
    Neat, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chris & Natasha Ashton, Co-CEOs and Co-Founders
    Petplan Pet Insurance, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dennis McGrath, President & CFO and Dolev Rafaeli, CEO
    PhotoMedex, Montgomeryvilla, PA
  • Matt Gillin, CEO
    Relay Network, Radnor, PA
  • Ray Bixler, President & CEO
    SkillSurvey, Wayne, PA
  • Bill Decker, President & CEO, John New, CEO
    The Hub, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Donna Allie, President
    Team Clean Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Nick Auger, Anthony Bucci, and Matt Kull, Co-Founders
    RevZilla Motorsports, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
  • William Healey, President & COO, Robert Healey, Chairman & CEO, Patrick Healey, EVP, Robert Healey Jr. Executive Assistant to Chairman & CEO
    Viking Yacht Company, New Gretna, NJ

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the EY 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 by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Greater Philadelphia, local sponsors include: Ballard Spahr LLP; Chatham Financial; Merrill Corporation; MFP Strategies; Morgan Lewis; Murray, Devine & Company, Inc.; NSM Insurance Group; ParenteBeard LLC; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia Business Journal; PNC; and SolomonEdwards.

About EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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