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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland, 14 May 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Northeast Ohio. 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 90 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 27, 2013 at the Marriott Cleveland Downtown.

James D. Braeunig, President & CEO
Ball, Bounce & Sport, Inc. Cleveland, OH

Jimmy Zeilinger, President
Brand Castle, LLC, Bedford Heights, OH

Scott T. Becker, President & CEO
Chromaflo Technologies Corp., Ashtabula, OH

William Scott Duennes, Executive Director
Cornucopia, Inc., Lakewood, OH

Brendan Anderson and Jeffrey Kadlic, Co-founders & Managing Partners
Evolution Capital Partners LLC, Cleveland, OH

Dale M. Wollschleger, President
ExactCare Pharmacy, Valley View, OH

Scot Lowry, President & CEO
Fathom, Valley View, OH

Drew C. Forhan, Founder & CEO
ForTec Medical, Streetsboro, OH

Jeffrey L. Rand, CEO
H B Chemical Corporation, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

James R. Keene, President & Owner
Keene Building Products, Mayfield Heights, OH

Marty Kanan, President & CEO
King Nut Companies, Solon, OH

Carol L. Klimas, President
Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville, OH

Kimberly Martin & Sarah Forrer, Co-owners
Main Street Cupcakes, Hudson, OH

Scott J. Balogh and Steven Balogh, President & CEO and Vice President
Mar-Bal, Inc. Chagrin Falls, OH

Jeremy E. Sopko, CEO
Nations Lending Corporation, Independence, OH

Michael F. Hilton, President & CEO
Nordson Corporation, Westlake, OH

Marc Brenner, President, Owner & CEO
Ohio Technical College, Cleveland, OH

Gary M. Schuster, President & CEO
OMCO, Wickliffe, OH

Alan Jaffa, CEO
Safeguard Properties Management LLC, Valley View, OH

Walter M. Rosebrough, President & CEO
STERIS Corporation, Mentor, OH

Jeffrey Concepcion, President & CEO
Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd., Solon, OH

Joel Adelman, Founder & CEO
The Advance Group of Companies, Beachwood, OH

Michael K. Baach, President & CEO
The Philpott Rubber Company, Brunswick, OH

Yuval Brisker, President, Co-founder & CEO
TOA Technologies, Beachwood, OH

Kris Snyder, CEO
Vox Mobile, Inc., Independence, OH

Ralph M. Della Ratta, Managing Partner
Western Reserve Partners LLC, Cleveland, OH

David Levine, President
Wireless Environment LLC, Solon, OH

Collectively, these finalists grew their company’s employment by 88% and their revenues by 114% 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 Northeast Ohio, local sponsors include:

PNC Bank, SmartBusiness Network, Action Management Services, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, McDonald Hopkins, SS&G, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Empire Valuation Services, Stout Risius Ross.

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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