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28 Aug 2020 Denver, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Mountain Desert 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 Mountain Desert Region Award. The Mountain Desert Region program celebrates entrepreneurs from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. 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 23 business leaders were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges comprised of previous award winners and other business leaders.  

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual event on October 7, 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.

The 2020 Mountain Desert finalists are:

  • Scott Shatford | AirDNA, LLC (Denver, Colo.)
  • Adam Bedard | ARB Midstream, LLC (Denver, Colo.)
  • Austin Akers & David Gonzales | Bison Oil & Gas II, LLC (Denver, Colo.)
  • Dan Konigsberg | CampMinder (Boulder, Colo.)
  • Fred Kneip | CyberGRX, Inc. (Denver, Colo.)
  • Matt Lipscomb & Mike Lynch | DMC Biotechnologies, Inc. (Boulder, Colo.)
  • Brian Egan | Evolve Vacation Rental (Denver, Colo.)
  • Troy Swope | Footprint (Gilbert, Ariz.)
  • David Freedman & Chris Stark | Freestar (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Rachel Carlson | Guild Education (Denver, Colo.)
  • Daniel Henderson | Infinity Laboratories (Castle Rock, Colo.)
  • Eric Roudi | OpenWorks (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Joseph Oltmann | PIN Business Network (Denver, Colo.)
  • Jamie Baxter | Qwick (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Charles Rath | RS21 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Troy Guard | TAG Restaurant Group (Denver, Colo.)
  • Chris Ronzio | Trainual (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • Adrian Tuck | Uplight (Boulder, Colo.)
  • Caleb Carr & Derek Sikora | Vita Inclinata Technologies, Inc. (Broomfield, Colo.)
  • Nancy J. Ham | WebPT (Phoenix, Ariz.)

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.

“Our independent panel of judges had the tough job of carefully selecting this year’s finalists from of a pool of nominees that showed determination, perseverance and grit,” said Jim Wilson, Entrepreneur Of The Year Mountain Desert Co-Director. “We are excited to honor these unstoppable entrepreneurs who are inspiring innovation and delivering long-term value for their communities.”

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.

Mountain Desert Region Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2019, 10 entrepreneurs leading companies from the Mountain Desert Region were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Past award winners in Mountain Desert include: Lani Dolifka, Watermill Express; Chris Volk, STORE Capital; David Barnett, PopSockets; Maureen Hewitt, Innovage; Albert DaCosta, Paragon 28; Jason Myers, ArcherDX; Ernie Garcia, Carvana; Robert Katz, Vail Resorts; Bryan Leach, Ibotta; Traci Loundsbury, Elements; Dan Burns and Dan Wilson, Optiv; and Mike Fries, Liberty Global; among others. For a full list of past winners, please visit our Hall of Fame.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Mountain Desert region program, please visit Join the conversation on social media using #EOYMTN and #EOYUS.


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

In the Mountain Desert Region, sponsors also include PNC, Faegre Drinker, Colliers International, Woodruff Sawyer and the Denver Business Journal.

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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