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EY announces finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in the South Central Ohio & Kentucky

Cincinnati, 6 May 2014

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EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in South Central Ohio & Kentucky. 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 from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 19 at Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Cincinnati Ohio.

The finalists are:

Allegra Marketing Services
Denise E. Spalding & Jennifer L. Eberle
President & Vice President

ARGI Financial Group
Joe Reeves
Managing Partner

Bee Line Courier
Louie Seger

COBCO Enterprises, LLC
Cynthia O. Booth
President & CEO

Creative Lodging Solutions
Michael Tetterton
President & CEO

CTI Clinical Trial & Consulting Services
Timothy J. Schroeder

Lyle Donan
President & Owner

Everything But The House
Andy Nielsen
President & CEO

Graeter’s Manufacturing Company
Richard A. Graeter
President & CEO

Kaufman Development
Brett Kaufman

LifeCare Alliance
Charles W. Gehring
President & CEO

Links Unlimited
Scott Kooken

Melink Corporation
Steve Melink

Mesa Industries, Inc.
Terry Sexton Segerberg

Ohio Transmission Corporation
Phillip R. Derrow
President & CEO

PGXL Laboratories
Roland Valdes Jr., Ph.D.

Pillar Technology
Bob Myers

Post Glover Resistors, Inc
Richard L. Field

ProLink Staffing Services LLC
Tony Munafo & Mike Munafo
President & Director

Sustainment Solutions Inc
Scott L. Shinn
President & CEO

P. Breckinridge Jones

V-Soft Consulting Group Inc
Purna Veer

World Pac Paper, LLC
Edgar L. Smith Jr.

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 South Central Ohio & Kentucky sponsors include Frost Brown Todd, PNC, CincyTech, Cincinnati Business Courier, Columbus Business First, Louisville Business First and Topic Design.

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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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