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14 Sep 2020 San Diego, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Pacific Southwest - San Diego 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 Southwest - San Diego 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 thirteen business leaders were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.

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 Southwest - San Diego finalists are:

  • Joe Payne, President & CEO, Director of the Board | Padmanabh Chivukula, Chief Scientific Officer and COO | Arcturus Therapeutics | San Diego, CA
  • Amit Munshi, CEO, Director and President | Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | San Diego, CA
  • Adam Harris, Co-Founder and CEO | Richard Castle, Co-Founder and COO | Cloudbeds | San Diego, CA
  • John Dobak, CEO and President | DermTech, Inc. | La Jolla, CA
  • Jeff Fenster, Founder and CEO | Everbowl Craft Superfood | Vista, CA
  • Oren Zaslansky, Founder and CEO | Flock Freight | Solana Beach, CA
  • Adam Francis, Founder and CEO | Host Healthcare | San Diego, CA
  • Sayed Ali, President and CEO | IU Group | San Diego, CA
  • Jean-Luc Robert, CEO | Kyriba Corp. | San Diego, CA
  • Olin Hyde, CEO | LeadCrunch | San Diego, CA
  • Afif Khoury, CEO | SOCi, Inc. | San Diego, 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.

“The San Diego finalists exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship. We applaud each and every one of them for the contribution and growth they are bringing to San Diego. They are fostering a culture of innovation, bringing solutions that enhance our daily lives and making an impact not just locally but across the country and around the world. We are proud of their achievements and thank them for their grit and hard work and we congratulate them on their success,” said Tim Holl, Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Southwest – San Diego Program Director.

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.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Southwest - San Diego 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 the Pacific Southwest - San Diego region, sponsors also include Cooley (Gold Sponsor).

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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