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EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award Semifinalists in San Diego

San Diego, March 31, 2014

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EY today announced 27 semifinalist companies for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the San Diego 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 55 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 17, 2014 at The Grand Del Mar. 

  • Christopher Lee, CEO – ACCESS Destination Services
  • Ted Schroeder, President/CEO – Cadence Pharmaceuticals
  • Meyar Sheik, CEO – Certona Corporation
  • Ron McNeill, Owner/CTO – ChiroTouch
  • Nigel Hook, CEO/Founder – DataSkill, Inc.
  • John Kontopuls, President/CEO – ELITE Show Services
  • Lori Steele, CEO – Everyone Counts
  • Marc Van Buskirk, CEO/Co-Founder & Anthony Farwell, Executive
  • Chairman/Co-Founder – GovX, Inc.
  • Paul Martini, CEO/CTO & Peter Martini, President/COO – iboss Network Security
  • Sean Gailey, President – J!NX
  • Jean-Luc Robert, Chairman/CEO – Kyriba Corporation
  • Mike Grey, President/CEO – Lumena Pharmaceuticals
  • Brandon Nixon, Chairman/CEO – Lytx, Inc.
  • Amir Tafreshi, CEO – MI Technologies Inc.
  • Richard Haux, President/CEO – Mor Furniture For Less, Inc.
  • Brendan Smith, CEO/Founder – Motive Interactive
  • Punit Dhillon, Co-founder/CEO – OncoSec Medical Inc.
  • Bill Keith, President/CEO – Perfect Bar
  • Jeffery Sears, CEO/Co-Founder & James Stuart, Chairman/Co-Founder – PIRCH, Inc.
  • Kathleen Sellick, President/CEO – Rady Children's Hospital
  • Faheem Hasnain, President/CEO – Receptos, Inc.
  • Eric Basu, Founder/CEO – Sentek Global
  • Daniel Sullivan, Founder/President – Sullivan Solar Power
  • Steven Cox, Founder/CEO – TakeLessons
  • Al Paulus, President – Trepco Imports & Distribution Ltd.
  • Andrew Zanelli, CEO – Visual Communications Company, LLC
  • Robert Schulte, President/CEO – Zurple

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.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In San Diego, regional sponsors include Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Cox Business, Merrill DataSite, Scherzer Investigations, and The Daily Transcript.

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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