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EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Pacific Northwest Region

Seattle, 26 April 2017

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EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Pacific Northwest Region. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes innovative trailblazers in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The below business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Friday, June 9 at The Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

The finalists are:

  • Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation | Chad Robins, President / CEO / Co-Founder, and Harlan Robins, Head of Innovation / Founder
  • Apollo Video Technology | Rodell Notbohm, CEO
  • BitTitan | Geeman Yip, Founder / CEO
  • Blue Star Donuts | Katie Poppe, Co-Owner / CEO
  • | William Harding, CEO
  • Coding Dojo | Richard Wang, CEO
  • Digital Trends | Ian Bell, CEO
  • EnergySavvy | Aaron Goldfeder, CEO
  • Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company | John Figueroa, CEO, and Mark Peterson, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Holland America Group | Stein Kruse, CEO
  • Hop Jack’s | Mark Eggen, Owner
  • Impinj | Chris Diorio, CEO / Co-Founder
  • NanoString Technologies, Inc. | Brad Gray, President / CEO
  • Outreach | Manuel Medina, CEO
  • Panopto | Eric Burns, CEO
  • Redapt, Inc. | Rick Cantu, CEO / Co-Founder, and David Cantu, COO / Co-Founder
  • Ruby Receptionists | Jill Nelson, Founder / CEO
  • Salt & Straw Ice Cream | Kim Malek, Co-Founder
  • Schmidt’s Deodorant Company, LLC | Jaime Schmidt, Founder / Chief Product Officer, and Michael Cammarata, Chief Global Strategy Officer
  • Vacasa | Eric Breon, CEO
  • Zipwhip | John Lauer, CEO / Co-Founder

To learn more about the Pacific Northwest program, please visit Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYPNW.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Pacific Northwest Region, local sponsors include Big Picture Inc., GreenRubino, Lockton Companies, LLC and Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Growth Markets Network
EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

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