Meet the Southeast 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.

Ginger Aydogdu
Simply Southern Holdings LLC
2022 Southeast regional winner

Gary Cooper
Palmetto Infusion
Founder and Executive Chairman
2020 Southeast regional winner

Sherry Deutschmann
2016 Southeast finalist

Glenn Gonzales
Jet it
Co-Founder & CEO
2021 Southeast regional winner

Marc Gorlin 
Founder and CEO
2021 National winner

Rich Hagins
CEO & Founder
US&S, Inc
2019 Southeast regional winner

Jonathan Hinton
Previous Founder and CEO, now retired
2023 Southeast regional winner

Stephanie Nadi Olson 
We Are Rosie
Executive Chair of the Board
2022 Southeast regional winner

Joe Semsar
New York Stock Exchange
Head of East Coast Capital Markets