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EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The YearTM 2014 Award Semifinalists in Orange County

Irvine, April 2, 2014

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EY today announced 29 semifinalist companies for the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM 2014 Award in the Orange County 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 as semifinalists from nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 4, 2014 at The St. Regis Resort in Dana Point.

  • Maria Thompson, President & CEO – Agile Sourcing Partners
  • Reza Jahangiri, CEO – American Advisors Group
  • Kunal Hinduja, President – ARQ LLC
  • Jeffrey Frieden, CEO –
  • Keith Katkin, President & CEO – Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Michael Burdiek, President & CEO – CalAmp Corp.
  • Jon Wilcox, CEO/Co-Founder; Mark Rebal, EVP/CCO/Co-Founder; and John DeCero, President/Co-Founder – California Republic Bank
  • Caryn Siebert, President/CEO – Carl Warren & Company
  • Debra Miller, CEO/Founder – CureDuchenne
  • Jonathan Ord, CEO – DealerSocket, Inc.
  • Eve Yen, Founder/President – Diamond Wipes International, Inc.
  • John Jordan, CEO – DPI Specialty Foods
  • Mark Whitley, CEO – Easter Seals Southern California
  • Maynard Carkhuff, Chairman/CEO – Freedom Innovations
  • Michael Purcell, Founder/EVP/CMO – Global Cash Card
  • Jeffery Hanson, Chairman/CEO – Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc.
  • Chad Hallock, CEO – Home Franchise Concepts
  • Vivian Clecak, CEO – Human Options
  • Steve Schulze, CEO/Founder and Alexis Schulze, Chief Visionary Officer – Nekter Juice Bar, Inc.
  • Parsa Rohani, CEO – Neudesic, LLC
  • Rick Arvielo, CEO – New American Funding
  • Stephen Gordon, Founding Chairman/CEO/President – Opus Bank
  • Holly Hagler, President & CEO – SeniorServ
  • Deborah Proctor, President/CEO – St. Joseph Health
  • H. Michael Schwartz, Chairman/CEO – Strategic Capital Holdings, LLC
  • Jerome Fink and David Kim, Managing Partners – The Bascom Group, LLC
  • George Donaldson, President – Venvest Ballard, Inc. (dba Rightime HVAC)
  • Phu Hoang, CEO – Virtium Technology, Inc.
  • Phillip Chang, Founder/Chairman – Yogurtland

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 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 overall national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 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.

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.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
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