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4 Jun 2021 Pittsburgh, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 East Central Finalists

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

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 East Central Award. The East Central program celebrates entrepreneurs from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio (except Northwest Ohio) and Kentucky. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors exceptional business leaders whose ambition, courage and ingenuity, help catapult us from now to next and beyond. These 23 entrepreneurs were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5 and will join the ranks of a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.

The 2021 East Central finalists are:

  • Kathryn Fantauzzi | Apollo Neuroscience (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Alex Frommeyer | Beam Dental (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Ilya Bodner | Bold Penguin (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Kash Shaikh | BSB Group International (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Chad Silverstein | Choice Recovery, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Joe Altieri | FlexScreen (Export, Pennsylvania)
  • Tony Remington and Julie Brazil | Gravity Diagnostics LLC (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Alex Yastrebenetsky | InfoTrust, LLC (Blue Ash, Ohio)
  • Chad Mattix | Kinettix, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Craig Rutledge | LSS Holdings, LLC (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Oliver Zak and Selom Agbitor | Mad Rabbit Tattoo (Chagrin Falls, Ohio)
  • Jeff Coury | Mortgage Connect LP (Moon Town, Pennsylvania)
  • Steven Hong | Oculii (Beaver Creek, Ohio)
  • Doug Sibila | Peoples Services, Inc. (Canton, Ohio)
  • Larry L. Lanham | Polymer Packaging, Inc. (Massillon, Ohio)
  • Jim Rock | Seegrid Corporation (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Maria Bennett | SPR Therapeutics, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Ray Lui and Mary McCann | Sprinly, Inc. (Garfield Heights, Ohio)
  • Ed Walton | STEP CG (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Anthony Hughes | Tech Elevator, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio)

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 Denove, East Central program director and Ernst & Young LLP partner. “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.

East Central Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2020, nine entrepreneurs leading companies from East Central were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year East Central program, please visit


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

In East Central, sponsors also include PNC Bank, VRC, Oswald Companies and Morgan Lewis & Bockius 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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