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18 Aug 2020 San Francisco, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Northern California 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 Northern California Award. 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 former winners and other leaders of the business community.

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.

The 2020 Northern California finalists are:

  • Jason Andrew, Co-Founder and CEO | Limelight Health
  • Greg Connolly, CEO | Trifecta Nutrition, Inc.
  • Jonathan Corr, President and CEO | Ellie Mae
  • Ali Diab, Co-Founder and CEO | Collective Health
  • Jim Dolce, CEO | Lookout, Inc
  • Chris Ewing, President and CEO | One Inc
  • Jason Gardner, CEO | Marqeta
  • Diishan Imira, Founder and CEO | Mayvenn Hair
  • Bismarck Lepe, Founder and CEO | Wizeline
  • Eyal Lifshitz, CEO and Co-founder | BlueVine
  • Garrett Lord, CEO | Handshake
  • Nick Mehta, CEO | Gainsight
  • Kat Nouri, Founder | Stasher, Inc.
  • Pete Pallares, CEO | CSD
  • Nir Polak, Co-Founder and CEO | Exabeam
  • Myla Ramos, CEO | SearchPros Solutions
  • Erica Rogers, President and CEO | Silk Road Medical, Inc.
  • Alan Shaw, President and CEO | Calysta, Inc.
  • Rowan Trollope, CEO | Five9, Inc.

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 panel of judges were incredibly thoughtful as they selected this group of finalists who represent a wide variety of industries that make Northern California special. Each of these entrepreneurs are making a meaningful impact on both their teams and their communities, while driving the kind of innovation and growth that are especially crucial now,” said Chad Bowar, Entrepreneur Of The Year Northern California Program Co-Director. “Now more than ever, we need unstoppable entrepreneurs to inspire innovation, fuel growth and deliver long-term value for their communities and lead us to what’s next.”  

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.

Northern California Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2019, ten entrepreneurs leading eight companies from Northern California were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Prior award winners from Northern California include: Joseph DeSimone of Carbon, Inc. ( also recognized as the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 National Overall Award winner), James Park of Fitbit, Jessica Herrin of Stella & Dot and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Northern California program, please visit


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

In Northern California, sponsors also include Woodruff Sawyer and Chatham Financial.

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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