Meet the East Central finalists

Congratulations to our region’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 finalists, who were selected by a panel of independent judges based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes. Regional award winners will be announced in June 2022.

[ Watch the replay of the event ]Congratulations to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Florida finalists. We recognized the achievements of these unstoppable entrepreneurs during a virtual awards celebration on Thursday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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Mike Zelkind | 80 Acres Farms | Hamilton, Ohio

Scott Arias | ACE Consulting Company, LLC | Nicholasville, Kentucky 

Mike Carrel | AtriCure, Inc. | Mason, Ohio

Ilya Bodner | Bold Penguin | Columbus, Ohio

Ralph Andretta | Bread Financial | Columbus, Ohio

Kevin Brock | Brock Air Products | Troy, Ohio

Tyler Jury | Clayton & Crume | Louisville, Kentucky 

Drew Anderson | Cleveland Kitchen | Cleveland, Ohio

Jeff Schneid | Diversified Fall Protection | Westlake, Ohio

Jeff Smith | Elite Biomedical Solutions, LLC | Cincinnati, Ohio

Jeremy Young | Federal Resources Corporation | Erie, Pennsylvania

Vamsi Kora | Gathi Analytics, LLC | Dublin, Ohio

Nick Bartel and Hayden Cardiff | Idelic | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Evan Pohaski | JLE Industries | Homestead, Pennsylvania

Jack Brendamour | Junk King Cincinnati, Dayton & Louisville | Cincinnati, Ohio

Kristy Knichel | Knichel Logistics | Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

Rob Strobel | Lithko Contracting, LLC | West Chester, Ohio

Vivek Gupta | Mastech Digital | Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Mickey Shimp | Mix Talent LLC | Columbus, Ohio

Andy Lonsberry | Path Robotics, Inc | Columbus, Ohio

Stephen Ritchey | Ritchey Metals Company, Inc. | Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Jeff McIlroy and Rob McIlroy | Robroy Industries | Verona, Pennsylvania

Mike Schroeder | Roundstone Management Ltd. | Lakewood, Ohio

Nate Morris | Rubicon | Lexington, Kentucky

Corey Head | Sky Quest | Cleveland, Ohio

Steve Peplin | Talan Products, Inc. | Cleveland, Ohio

Abdul Akel | T-CETRA | Dublin, Ohio

William Schumacher | Uprising Food, Inc. | Cincinnati, Ohio

Scott Drake | ViewRay, Inc. | Oakwood Village, Ohio

Mario Sinicariello and Pat Finley | Vitalia | Solon, Ohio