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EY announces finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia region

Pittsburgh, 14 May 2014

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EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia 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 by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 20 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel.

The finalists are:

  • Michael Cherock, AE Works Ltd.
  • Jim Kudis, Allegheny Petroleum Products Company
  • Jan Lehigh, Alpine Packaging, Inc.
  • John Burke, Armada
  • Ron Bianchini, Avere Systems
  • Mike Geiger and John Iaquinta, Big Plan Concepts
  • Jerry Shafran, Compliance Assurance Corporation
  • Dean Grose, Comtech Industries, Inc.
  • Ray Yeager, Ductmate Industries, Inc.
  • Luis von Ahn, Duolingo
  • Kevin Hutchison, Health Monitoring Systems, Inc.
  • Wendy  Peters Staso, Huckestein Mechanical Services, Inc.
  • Jeanette Spofford, Justifacts Credential Verification, Inc.
  • Edward Perrin, Karndean Designflooring
  • Jim Ross, Kenny Ross Automotive Group
  • Todd Wolynn and Albert Wolf, Kids Plus Pediatrics
  • Robb Myer, NoWait, Inc.
  • David Levine, NuGo Nutrition
  • Bruce Mallinson, Pittsburgh Power Inc.
  • Paul Hennigan, Point Park University
  • Bill Sarris, Sarris Candies, Inc.
  • Rob Robillard, Sensible Organics
  • Paul Silvis, SilcoTek Corporation
  • Lani Lazzari, Simple Sugars
  • Pam Petrow, Vector Security
  • Joe Ferrara, Wombat Security Technologies, Inc.

Additionally, it has been announced that Heather Bresch, CEO, Mylan Inc. will receive the EY Global Impact Award and Richard P. Simmons, Chairman Emeritus, Allegheny Technologies Inc., will be honored as the EY Master Entrepreneur.

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 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, sponsors include PNC, Gateway Financial, ParenteBeard LLC, The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Highmark, Trib Total Media and Chemistry Communications.

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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