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EY Announces EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award Semifinalists in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle, 8 April 2014

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EY today announced semifinalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Pacific Northwest. 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. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 20, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.


  • Majdi Daher and Mohamad Daher, Denali Advanced Integration, Redmond, Washington
  • Peter Lizotte, David Kelleher, and Scott Demorest, ACME Business Consulting, Portland, Oregon
  • Raghu Raghavan, PhD, Act-On Software, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Ryo Kubota, MD, PhD, Acucela, Seattle, Washington
  • Kamyar Moinzadeh, Airbiquity, Seattle, Washington
  • Joseph Micallef, Allegro Media Group, Portland, Oregon
  • Ben Billups, Billups Worldwide, Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Heather Franklin, Blaze Bioscience, Seattle, Washington
  • Leslie Freytag, butter LONDON, Seattle, Washington
  • Forest Key, buuteeq, Seattle, Washington
  • Kathleen Myers, MD, Essia Health, Portland, Oregon
  • Josh Neblett, etailz, Spokane, Washington
  • Raja Mukerji and Jesse Rothstein, ExtraHop Networks, Seattle, Washington
  • Yvonne Gifford, Glutenfreeda Foods, Burlington, Washington
  • Dan Price, Gravity Payments, Seattle, Washington
  • Ivan Braiker, Hipcricket, Bellevue, Washington
  • Greg Pierson, iovation, Portland, Oregon
  • Marcelo Morales, Jubilant HollisterStier LLC, Spokane, Washington
  • Kyle Stavig, Myers Container, Portland, Oregon
  • Matt Ehrlichman, Porch, Seattle, Washington
  • Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs, Portland, Oregon
  • Scott Peyree, QuoteWizard, Seattle, Washington
  • Glenn Kelman, Redfin, Seattle, Washington
  • Aaron Easterly, Rover.com, Seattle, Washington
  • Mark Zoske, SaltWorks, Inc., Woodinville, Washington
  • Monty Montoya, SightLife, Seattle, Washington
  • Kevin Klock, TalkingRain, Preston, Washington
  • Mehri Moore, MD, The Moore Center, Bellevue, Washington
  • Joe Whinney, Theo Chocolate, Seattle, Washington
  • Scott Kveton, Urban Airship, Portland, Oregon
  • Darrell Cavens, zulily, Seattle, Washington

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

In the Pacific Northwest, regional sponsors include Merrill Corporation, Perkins Coie LLC, Scherzer International, The Big Picture Video Film & Arts, Puget Sound Business Journal and Union Bank.

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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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