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

McLean, 26 April 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Greater Washington. 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 nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 20 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

The finalists are:

Peter Harris
Cadence, Inc.

Joseph A. Martore
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

Craig P. Abod
Carahsoft Technology Corp.

Charles Segerman
Clean Currents Benefit LLC

Mark Brugger
DiamondRock Hospitality Company

Mahfuz Ahmed
Digital Intelligence Systems, LLC

Thomas M. Davidson

Sharon Virts Mozer
FCi Federal

Sanjay Singh
hCentive, Inc.

Spencer Williamson
Intelliject, Inc.

Kenneth A. Samet
MedStar Health

Rob Samit

Mehdi Tehranchi
Notable Solutions, Inc.

Bryan Gernert

Tim McLaughlin
Siteworx, LLC

David Yaskin
Starfish Retention Solutions

Derek Cha
sweetFrog Enterprises, LLC

Avrum Elmakis

Diane Trister Dodge
Teaching Strategies, LLC

Paul Courtney
Paul Schlee

The Buffalo Group

Dan Frank
Three Wire Systems, LLC

Joel Holland
Video Blocks

Collectively, these finalists grew their company’s employment by 25% and their revenues by 30% between 2010 and 2012. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

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 Washington program sponsors include: CohnReznick, Pillsbury, PNC and the Washington Business Journal. Receptions are sponsored by Cassidy Turley, Lockton 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.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides 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, or follow news on Twitter at EY_Growth.

About EY
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