Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Orange County finalists announced
Celebrating 25 years of inspiration
Irvine, CA, May 9, 2011 — Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Orange County finalists. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 11, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach.
“These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging community development and innovation in our broader economy,” said Kim Letch Entrepreneur Of The Year Orange County Program Director. “No matter who wins on June 11 we know one thing for sure – Orange County is enriched by every one of these finalists.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Orange County finalists are:
- Linda Reyes Stone, APR Consulting, Inc.
- Neel Grover, Buy.com
- Ronald Andrews, Clarient, Inc.
- Puneet Nanda, Dr. Fresh, Inc.
- Praful Kulkarni, GKK Works
- Richard Heard, Insight Investments, LLC
- Anant Desai, Interface Rehab, Inc.
- Reynolds Bish, Kofax
- Heath Clarke, Local.com
- Steven Brown, Nexgen Pharma, Inc.
- Wade Olson, Precept
- Dr. Joseph Pham, QSC Audio Products, LLC
- Dr. Rajesh Shrotriya, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Richard Ham, US Lighting Tech
- Mohan Tavorath, Walz Group
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall National US winner then moves on to compete for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
All regional honorees are invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 12, 2011, in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9–13, 2011. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.
In Orange County, sponsors include:
Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth
Quality Systems, Inc.
Strategic Equity Group
Orange County Business Journal
HKA, Inc. Public Relations
To make reservations and purchase tickets for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala on June 11, 2011, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/oc. Deadline is June 1, 2011. Special requests can be directed to Kathy Beckman of Ernst & Young at +1-949-437-0236 or Kathy.email@example.com. Tickets are $250 per person or $2,500 per table.
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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