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26 Aug 2020 Los Angeles, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Greater Los Angeles Award Finalists

Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world

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Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Greater Los Angeles Awards. Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors successful business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain groundbreaking companies that transform our world. These business leaders were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges comprised of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other business luminaries.

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual event on October 8, 2020 and will join the ranks of a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. This year, unstoppable entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support to their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience and ingenuity.

To learn more about the Greater Los Angeles program, please visit Join the conversation on social media using #EOYGLA and #EOYUS.

The 2020 Greater Los Angeles finalists are:

  • 8minute Solar Energy | Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, CEO and President | Los Angeles, CA
  • Barry's | Joey Gonzalez, CEO | Los Angeles, CA
  • BloomNation | Farbod Shoraka, CEO | Santa Monica, CA
  • CAULIPOWER | Gail Becker, Founder and CEO | Encino, CA
  • | Paras Chitrakar, Co-Founder and CTO | Jason Wilk, Co-Founder and CEO, and Dr. John Wolanin, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer | Los Angeles, CA
  • Frank & Eileen and Grayson | Audrey McLoghlin, Founder and CEO | Los Angeles, CA
  • GeBBS Healthcare Solutions | Nitin Thakor, CEO and President | Culver City, CA
  • GT's Living Foods | GT Dave, Founder and CEO | Vernon, CA
  • InMarket | Todd Dipaola, Founder and CEO | Culver City, CA
  • Million Dollar Baby Co. | Teddy Fong, CEO | Pico Rivera, CA
  • Mindbody | Rick Stollmeyer, Co-Founder and Chairman | San Luis Obispo, CA
  • PeerStreet | Brew Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO | El Segundo, CA
  • THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. | Chris Edwards, CEO | Los Angeles, CA
  • Thorofare Capital, Inc. | Brendan Miller, Principal and Chief Investment Officer, and Kevin Miller, Principal and CEO | Los Angeles, CA
  • Thrive Market | Nick Green, Co-Founder and CEO | Marina Del Rey, CA
  • Your Super Inc. | Kristel de Groot, Co-Founder and CMO, and Michael Kuech, Co-Founder and CEO | Venice, CA

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Finalists were evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

Greater Los Angeles prior winners

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. Prior award winners from the Greater Los Angeles Region include: Janice Bryant Howroyd of The ActOne Group; George Rathmann of Amgen Inc.; Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club; Daniel Broukhim, Michael Broukhim, and Katie Kitchens of FabFitFun; Rich Pierson and Andy Puddicombe of Headspace; Ryan Hudson and George Ruan of Honey; John Kilroy of Kilroy Realty Corporation; John Suh of, Inc.; Earvin “Magic” Johnson of Magic Johnson Enterprises; Andrew J.C. Cherng of Panda Management Company, Inc.; Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Inc.; Michael Mente and Mike Karanikolas of REVOLVE; Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill of Riot Games; Chris DeWolfe of Jam City; Jeff Green and Dave Pickles of The Trade Desk; and Nadine Watt of Watt Companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In Greater Los Angeles, local sponsors include Platinum sponsor: Marsh; Gold sponsors: Avitas Wealth Management and Tangram; Silver sponsor: Cresa; and PR sponsor: Olmstead Williams Communications.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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