Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Florida Award. 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 18 entrepreneurs from 16 companies were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.
Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021 and will join the ranks of a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.
The 2021 Florida finalists are:
- Brian Philpot | AgAmerica Lending, Lakeland, FL
- Scott Price | A-LIGN, Tampa, FL
- Carlos Barrera | Atlas Renewable Energy, Miami, FL
- Carlos de Solo | CareMax Medical Group, LLC, Miami, FL
- Marcell Haywood | Encompass Onsite, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Ricardo Campo | Endeavor Schools, Miami, FL
- Jim O’Leary | Haskell, Jacksonville, FL
- Kaleb Harrell | Hawkers Asian Street Food, Orlando, FL
- Kristin Johnson | Hotwire Communications, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Steve Elder | iRocker, Jacksonville, FL
- Carlos Ferreiro and Carolina Ferreiro-Diaz | Pharma Natural, Miami Lakes, FL
- Jon Ferrando | RV Retailer, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Sal Rehmetullah and Suneera Madhani | Stax, Orlando, FL
- Ana Sanchez Gal | The Oliver Gal Artist Co., Hollywood, FL
- Brad Truesdell | Tomahawk Robotics, Melbourne, FL
- Viv Helwig | Vested Metals International, LLC, Saint Augustine, FL
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.
“Our finalists 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,” said Mike Pattillo, Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Co-Director.
“This year’s finalists are the next class in a long line of unstoppable visionaries. We are thrilled to share their inspiring stories this year,” added Sylvain Dominici, Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Co-Director.
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.
Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2020, 8 entrepreneurs leading companies from Florida were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners.
For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program, please visit ey.com/us/florida_eoy.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America.
In Florida, sponsors also include Premium sponsor PNC Bank and Supporting sponsors DLA Piper LLP and Donnelly Financial Solutions.
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. ey.com/us/eoy
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