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EY announces finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland, 15 May 2014

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EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in the Northeast Ohio 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 91 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 26 at The Cleveland Convention Center.

  • Joseph Gingo, A. Schulman Inc.
  • Patricia Nobili, Achievement Centers for Children
  • Radhika Reddy, Ariel Ventures LLC
  • Connie Clore, Asurint
  • Gregg Gay, Asurint
  • Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Institute
  • Grant Cleveland, DuneCraft, Inc.
  • Dale Wollschleger, Exact Care Pharmacy
  • Andrew Sparacia, Global X Tax
  • David Hastings, Hastings Water Works
  • Michael Baird, Human Arc
  • Richard Bednar, Hunters Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Brian Gale, ID Images
  • Victor DiGeronimo, Independence Excavating
  • Alan Siliko, KA, Inc.
  • James Keene, Keene Building Products
  • Ann Barnes, MedData, Inc.
  • Brad Sacks, More Than Gourmet
  • Ed Kenty, Park Place Technologies
  • Jeffrey Concepcion, Stratos Wealth Partners
  • John Miller, SUPERB Industries, Inc.
  • Deborah Hoover, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Sharon Sobol Jordan, The Centers for Families and Children
  • David Osage, The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Michael Baach, The Philpott Rubber Company
  • Jodi Berg, Vita-Mix Corporation
  • Paul Westlake, Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Jason Berry, Weston Products
  • Michael Caspar, Weston Products

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.


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 Northeast Ohio, sponsors include Oswald Companies, PNC, Action Management Services, Calfee, Halter & Griswold, McDonald Hopkins, SS&G, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, Consolidated Graphics, Empire Valuation, Inglewood & Associates, Scherzer International, Stout Risius Ross, and Smart Business.

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.

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