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28 Aug 2020 Seattle, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Pacific Northwest 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 Pacific Northwest Award. The Pacific Northwest Region program celebrates entrepreneurs from Montana, Oregon and Washington. 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 6, 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 Pacific Northwest finalists are:

  • Sean McClain | AbSci (Vancouver, Wash.)
  • Joe Heitzberg | Crowd Cow, Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Tore Steen | CrowdStreet (Portland, Ore.)
  • Ed Dominion | D6 Inc. (Portland, Ore.)
  • Daniela Braga | DefinedCrowd (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Catherine Bye & Mariah Lincoln | Knack Collective (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Henry Albrecht | Limeade (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Greg Newbloom | Membrion, Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Denise Loter-Koch & Lisa McCarthy | Out Of The Box Technology (Tigard, Ore.)
  • Peggy Jarvis Miller | Pacific Star Communications, Inc. (Portland, Ore.)
  • Rhonda Rhyne | Prevencio (Kirkland, Wash.)
  • Neal Fachan | Qumulo (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Ganesh Shankar | RFPIO, Inc. (Beaverton, Ore.)
  • Jessica Gomez | Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc. (Medford, Ore.)
  • Jake Weatherly | SheerID (Portland, Ore.)
  • Chris Lee | Solgen Power (Richland, Wash.)
  • Patrick Criteser | Tillamook County Creamery Association (Tillamook, Ore.)
  • Rahul Sood | Unikrn (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Ed Petersen | Wrench, Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Sudheer Koneru | Zenoti, Inc. (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • John Lauer | Zipwhip (Seattle, Wash.)

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.

“This year’s finalists were selected from an inspiring group of nominees who embody ambition, passion, resilience and a strong vision,” said Matt Rundorff, Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest Program Co-Director. “We are excited to honor these unstoppable entrepreneurs who are driving innovation and fueling growth for a better future.”

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.

Pacific Northwest Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2019, nine entrepreneurs leading companies from the Pacific Northwest were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Past award winners in the Pacific Northwest include: Raj Singh, Accolade; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, DreamBox Learning; Madeline Haydon, nutpods; Kyle Stavig, Myers Container; Werner Nistler, Touchmark; David Wasielewski, Din Tai Fung Restaurant; Chad Robins and Harlan Robins, Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation; Jill Nelson, Ruby Receptionists; Brian Mariotti, Funko; Ally and Scott Svenson, MOD Pizza; and Matt Oppenheimer, Remitly; among others. For a full list of past winners, please visit our Hall of Fame.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest program, please visit Join the conversation on social media using #EOYPNW 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 Pacific Northwest Region, sponsors also include PNC and Woodruff Sawyer.

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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