EY announces winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Greater Washington Region

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McLean, VA, 21 June 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Greater Washington Region. 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 21 June 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past 26 years,” said Keri Day, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Greater Washington. “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Greater Washington Award are:

  • Steve Trundle, President and CEO, Alarm.com
  • Bradley J. Schwartz, President and CEO, Blue Canopy
  • Kevin Parker, President and CEO, Deltek, Inc.
  • Dawn Halfaker, President and CEO, Halfaker & Associates, LLC
  • Tonya Mallory, President, CEO and Co-founder, Health Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Robert W. Musslewhite, CEO, The Advisory Board Company
  • Thomas J. Deierlein, Founder and CEO, ThunderCat Technologies

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 US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Greater Washington, sponsors include Pillsbury, PNC, Reznick Group, The Washington Business Journal, Cassidy Turley, Lockton and SolomonEdwards. 

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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About EY 
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