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16 May 2019

EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Mid-Atlantic Award

MAY 16, 2019 – EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Mid-Atlantic region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the US, the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC.

The finalists are:

  • Advoc8 | Ben Adams, Jeremy Rose, John Legittino, Josh Sharp
  • Ankura Consulting Group | Roger Carlile
  • Artemis Real Estate Partners | Deborah Harmon
  • Axios | Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz
  • Babyscripts | Juan Pablo Segura
  • CarLotz | Aaron Montgomery, Michael Bor, Will Boland
  • Cogent Communications | Dave Schaeffer
  • CommonLit | Michelle Brown
  • ConnectYourCare | Steve Grieco
  • Criterion Systems | Promod Sharma
  • Cybrary | Ryan Corey
  • Dragos | Robert Lee
  • Driven | Ozzy Jimenez
  • E3/Sentinel | Andy Maner, Everett Johnson
  • EZShield | Dale Dabbs
  • Fixt | Luke Cooper
  • Framebridge | Susan Tynan
  • GuidePoint Security | Michael Volk
  • HUNGRY Marketplace | Shy Pahlevani
  • iLearningEngines | Harish Chidambaran
  • Knight Point Systems | Bob Eisiminger, Doug Duenkel
  • L2 Defense | Sam Lennon
  • LEAPOINT | Nik DeBenedetto
  • LiveSafe | Carolyn Parent
  • Mobile Posse | Jon Jackson
  • Protenus | Nick Culbertson, Robert Lord
  • Quorum Analytics | Alex Wirth, Jonathan Marks
  • Radius Networks | Marc Wallace
  • Red 5 Holdings | Kris Coleman
  • Resonate Networks | Bryan Gernert
  • SPEAR, A CALIBRE Company | Richard Pineda
  • Tessemae's All Natural | Brian Vetter, Greg Vetter, Matt Vetter
  • The Crypsis Group | Bret Padres
  • The Language Group | Giovanni Donatelli
  • ThreatConnect | Adam Vincent
  • Trusted Health Plans | Tommy Duncan
  • Unanet | Fran Craig
  • | Chris Spanos
  • VariQ | Ben Edson
  • Zeneth | Tessema Getachew

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2020.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program 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 awards program 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 and more than 60 countries.

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