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EY Announces Finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 in San Diego

San Diego, 19 May 2014

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EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 in the San Diego Region. 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 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 17, 2014 at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

The finalists include 19 entrepreneurs, representing 16 companies, who will compete for six Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. Finalists are:

  • Christopher Lee, CEO – ACCESS Destination Services
  • Ted Schroeder, President/CEO – Cadence Pharmaceuticals
  • Ron McNeill, Owner/CTO – ChiroTouch
  • John Kontopuls, President/CEO – ELITE Show Services
  • Lori Steele, CEO – Everyone Counts
  • Marc Van Buskirk, CEO/Co-Founder & Anthony Farwell, Exec. Chair/Co-Founder – GovX, Inc.
  • Paul Martini, CEO/CTO & Peter Martini, President/COO – iboss Network Security
  • Sean Gailey, President – J!NX
  • Mike Grey, President/CEO – Lumena Pharmaceuticals
  • Brandon Nixon, Chairman/CEO – Lytx, Inc.
  • Richard Haux, President/CEO – Mor Furniture For Less, Inc.
  • Punit Dhillon, Co-founder/CEO – OncoSec Medical Inc.
  • Bill Keith, President/CEO – Perfect Bar
  • Jeffery Sears, CEO/Co-Founder & James Stuart, Chairman/Co-Founder – PIRCH, Inc.
  • Kathleen Sellick, President/CEO – Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Faheem Hasnain, President/CEO – Receptos, Inc.

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

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. 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 EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In San Diego, regional sponsors include Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Cox Business, Merrill DataSite, Scherzer Investigations, and The Daily Transcript.

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.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets

EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practices guide leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

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This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

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