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EY announces winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Greater Philadelphia Award

Philadelphia, 13 June 2014

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EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Greater Philadelphia. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 12, at the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” said Mike Nichols, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Greater Philadelphia. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Greater Philadelphia Award winners are:

  • Frank Hermance - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AMETEK, Inc.
  • Gerri Henwood - Chief Executive Officer, Recro Pharma, Inc.
  • Ari Jacoby - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Solve Media
  • Ryan Caplan - Chief Executive Officer, ColdLight Solutions, LLC
  • Jeffrey Bartos - Chief Executive Officer, Mark Group, Inc.
  • Mark Casale - Chairman, CEO & President, Essent Group Ltd.
  • J. Jeffrey Fox - Chief Executive Officer, Source4Teachers
  • Nick Auger, Anthony Bucci and Matt Kull - Co-Founders, RevZilla Motorsports

In addition to recognizing the regional award winners, Michael Cardone Jr., Owner and Chief Strategy Officer of Cardone Industries, was presented with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award for his sustained business and philanthropic leadership. Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, was the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Social Entrepreneur Award for his commitment to the community.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.

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 Greater Philadelphia, sponsors include Ballard Spahr LLP, Merrill Corporation, MFP Strategies, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Murray, Devine & Company, Inc., NSM Insurance Group, ParenteBeard LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia Business Journal, PNC Bank, SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC and The Simkiss Companies.

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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