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7 Jun 2021 Washington, DC, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Mid-Atlantic Finalists

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Mid-Atlantic Award.

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Mid-Atlantic Award. The Mid-Atlantic program celebrates entrepreneurs from Maryland, Virginia and DC.  Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors audacious business leaders whose ambition, courage and ingenuity help catapult us from now to next and beyond. These 39 entrepreneurs were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 3rd and will join the ranks of a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.

The 2021 Mid-Atlantic finalists are:

  • Apothékary Inc. | Shizu Okusa
  • Arcadia Power | Kiran Bhatraju
  • Arlington Capital Partner | Michael Lustbader
  • BlackHorse Solutions | Michael Kushin
  • Blacklynx | Douglas Wolfe
  • Brillient Corporation | Sukumar Iyer
  • Choptank Transport Inc | Geoff Turner
  • ChurnZero | YouMon Tsang
  • Compass Coffee | Michael Haft, Harrison Suarez
  • Data Society | Merav Yuravlivker
  • Dovel Technologies | Damon Griggs
  • Dragos, Inc. | Robert Lee
  • Driven, Inc. | Ozzy Jimenez
  • Enviva Partners, LP | John Keppler
  • ERP International LLC | Melvin Petty
  • Fearless | Delali Dzirasa
  • Flikshop | Marcus Bullock
  • GoTab, Inc. | Tim McLaughlin
  • Grenova, Inc. | Ali Safavi
  • GuidePoint Security LLC | Michael Volk
  • IonQ | Peter Chapman
  • Kerecis LLC | Fertram Sigurjonsson
  • Mindoula Health, Inc. | Steven Sidel
  • MotoRefi | Kevin Bennett
  • MPOWER Financing | Emmanuel Smadja
  • Panagora Group LLC | Elizabeth Bassan
  • Parsons Corporation | Charles Harrington
  • Paymerang, LLC | Nasser Chanda
  • Phone2Action I Jeb Ory
  • Privia Health | Shawn Morris
  • Protenus | Nick Culbertson
  • QOMPLX | Jason Crabtree
  • Sassy Jones | Charis Jones
  • Territory Foods | Ellis McCue
  • Vemo Education | Tonio DeSorrento
  • Whitebox | Marcus Startzel
  • WhyHotel | Jason Fudin, Bao Vuong

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: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. 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 are the next class in a long line of unstoppable visionaries,” said Mike Portegello, US-East Region Growth Markets Leader. “They have been carefully selected by our independent panel of judges for their unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities in a year of unprecedented change. We are thrilled to share their inspiring stories this year.”

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards to be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings 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 2022.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have 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.

Mid-Atlantic Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2020, more than 12 entrepreneurs from Mid-Atlantic were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. 

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Mid-Atlantic 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 Mid-Atlantic, sponsors also include 

PNC, DLA Piper LLP, the Washington Business Journal, the Baltimore Business Journal and Cooley LLP.

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. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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