Meet the Greater Los Angeles judges

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recipients and civic and community leaders devote significant effort to review and deliberate the merits of each nominee. We deeply appreciate their dedication to the program.

Maureen Burgess

Maureen Burgess
Partner
Cedars Sinai Health Ventures

Jon Elliott

Jon Elliott
Former CEO
Bluebeam
2023 regional winner

Lloyd Greif

Lloyd Greif
President & CEO
Greif & Co.

Henry Hernandez

Henry Hernandez
President & CEO
Inter-Con Security
2023 regional winner

Ryan Iwamoto

Ryan Iwamoto
President & Co-Founder
24 Hour Home Care
2017 regional winner

Ariel Kaye

Ariel Kaye
Founder  
Parachute
2021 regional winner

Nick Kim

Nick Kim
Partner
Upfront Ventures

Joanna McFarland

Joanna McFarland
Co-Founder & CEO
HopSkipDrive
2022 regional winner

Ben Nazarian

Ben Nazarian
Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer
Therabody
2021 regional and national winner

Maria Salinas

Maria Salinas
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Mark Stagen

Mark Stagen
Founder & CEO
Crester
2007 regional winner

Elise Wetzel

Elise Wetzel
Co-Founder
Blaze Pizza, Taco/Social
2015 regional winner