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EY Announces Finalists for 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Orange County

Irvine, 8 May 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced 18 finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Orange County. 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 75 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special awards gala on Thursday, June 6, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. The 2013 finalists are:

  • AppleCare Medical Management
    Buena Park – Dr. Vinod Jivrajka, CEO
  • Car Sound Exhaust Systems
    Rancho Santa Margarita – Jerry Paolone, Chairman, Founder, CEO
  • Carl Warren & Company
    Placentia – Caryn Siebert, President, CEO
  • CoreLogic, Inc.
    Irvine – Anand Nallathambi, CEO
  • CyberCoders & CareerBliss
    Irvine – Heidi Golledge, CEO, Founder
  • DealerSocket
    San Clemente – Jonathan Ord, CEO
  • Diamond Wipes International, Inc.
    Chino – Eve Yen, Founder, President
  • Global Cash Card
    Irvine – Michael Purcell, Founder, Exec. VP, CMO
  • Montage Hotels & Resorts
    Laguna Beach – Alan Fuerstman, Founder, CEO
  • MSC Software
    Santa Ana – Dominic Gallello, President, CEO
  • Nature's Best
    Brea – Jim Beck, CEO
  • nuCourse Distribution Inc.
    Garden Grove – Nick Seedorf, President
  • Opus Bank
    Irvine – Stephen Gordon, Founding Chairman, CEO
  • System & Software Enterprises
    Brea – Joseph Renton, Founder, Chairman
  • The Bascom Group, LLC
    Irvine – Jerry Fink & David Kim, Co-Founders, Managing Partners
  • The Johnny Rockets Group, Inc.
    Aliso Viejo – John Fuller, President, CEO
  • Tilly's, Inc.
    Irvine – Hezy Shaked, Founder, Chairman, CSO
  • TRI Pointe Homes, Inc.
    Irvine – Doug Bauer, CEO; Mike Grubbs, CFO; Tom Mitchell, COO

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, Calif., on Nov. 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 is nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Orange County, local sponsors include: Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, LLP, Scherzer International, Smart Business magazine and HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications.

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
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