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7 Oct 2020 San Diego, US

EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Pacific Southwest — San Diego Award

EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in San Diego

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EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in San Diego

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Pacific Southwest — San Diego Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. This group of unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders transforming our world was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. Pacific Southwest — San Diego award winners were unveiled during the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 6, 2020.

“We congratulate this year’s San Diego winners and welcome them into our global alumni community of exceptional entrepreneurs,” said Tim Holl, Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Southwest — San Diego Program Director. “We applaud them for their grit, hard work and resilience and continue to be inspired by the positive impact they’ve made on our San Diego communities.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Pacific Southwest — San Diego Award are:

  • 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
  • Oren Zaslansky, Founder and CEO | Flock Freight | Solana Beach, CA
  • Jean-Luc Robert, CEO | Kyriba Corp. | San Diego, CA

Nominees 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 2020 National Awards, to be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. 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 entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives.

To learn more about the Pacific Southwest — San Diego program, please visit ey.com/us/eoy/sandiego. Join the conversation on social media using #EOYSD and #EOYUS.

Sponsors

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

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. ey.com/us/eoy

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