Entrepreneur Of The Year® 
Pacific Southwest 

Seeking the ambitious entrepreneurs building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

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Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2023.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has been celebrating the ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses for nearly four decades. Founded in 1986, the program has recognized more than 10,000 entrepreneurs throughout the US and has expanded to nearly 60 countries globally. Explore the program history to learn more about the impact of these entrepreneurs.

The Pacific Southwest program includes Orange County and San Diego, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii. Each year, a panel of independent judges selects regional finalists and winners who are recognized during an awards celebration in June. The regional award winners compete for national recognition the following November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner then goes on to represent the US at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ competition the following June.

Visit the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame to discover outstanding leaders who have been recognized with this prestigious award over the years.

Program information

  • Benefits of participation

    • Gain access to a worldwide community of entrepreneurs and transformational leaders
    • Increase exposure to potential customers and suppliers, M&A opportunities, and private equity and venture capital investors
    • Celebrate and recognize your team and support network
    • Elevate your company’s brand within the local business community and through PR opportunities
    • Receive exclusive invitations to local events with other entrepreneurs
  • Eligibility and selection criteria

    The entrepreneur
    • The entrepreneur must be the CEO or president of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company.
    • The entrepreneur must be in the role for at least two years by the application deadline.
    • Previous finalists and applicants are encouraged to reapply.
    • Former award winners may reapply if they have founded or transitioned to a new company.
    The company
    • Companies must be at least two years old to be eligible.
    • Companies are most competitive when they demonstrate long-term value.
    • Only for-profit businesses may apply.
    Judging criteria

    The independent panel of judges evaluates nominees on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to:

    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Purpose
    • Growth
    • Impact
    • Financial performance
  • Program timeline

    The program celebrates unstoppable entrepreneurs year-round. 2023 program dates:
    • December 2022: Applications open
    • March 3: Application deadline
    • March–April: Regional nominee interviews with EY team and select sponsors
    • May: Regional finalists announced; Regional finalist interviews with judges
    • June: Regional awards celebrations
    • Early fall: Regional alumni receptions
    • November 9–12: Strategic Growth Forum; National awards celebration

2022 regional finalists are building the economy of tomorrow

Nearly $14.8b in revenue generated by EOY Pacific Southwest finalists in 2021
EOY CPacific Southwest finalists experienced 59% average revenue growth
EOY Pacific Southwest finalists employed more than 33,000 people in 2021
EOY Pacific Southwest finalists experienced 22% average employee growth

*Over the most recent three-year period

Strategic Growth Forum® US

Each year, we celebrate the Entrepreneur Of The Year regional award winners at the Strategic Growth Forum, where national award winners are announced.

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EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ North America

Identifying ambitious women entrepreneurs and provides them with the advice, resources and access they need to unlock their full potential.

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EY Entrepreneurs Access Network

A business accelerating program for Black and Latino founders, designed to scale their businesses by equalizing access to resources, connections and capital.

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Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Southwest team

Tim Holl
Program co-director


Nitai Pathak
Program co-director

Kevin Mc Holland 
Program co-director

Jon Smith
Program co-director

Jennifer Reed
Program manager

Becca Kinsey
Program coordinator

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Presented by
Regionally sponsored by




MarshMcLennon Agency



Orange County market



Arizona market

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