Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Pacific Northwest Region Award. The Pacific Northwest Region program celebrates entrepreneurs from Oregon and Washington. 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 were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.
Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 4, 2021 and will join the ranks of a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.
The 2021 Pacific Northwest Region finalists are:
- Leen Kawas | Athira Pharma Inc. (Bothell, Wash.)
- Mat Franken | Aunt Fannie’s (Portland, Ore.)
- Xiao Wang | Boundless Immigration (Seattle, Wash.)
- Matt Thomas | Brew Dr. Kombucha (Portland, Ore.)
- Gerry Miller | Cloudticity (Seattle, Wash.)
- Richard Wang | Coding Dojo Inc. (Bellevue, Wash.)
- Dan Lewis | Convoy (Seattle, Wash.)
- Glenn Sanford | eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Bellingham, Wash.)
- Tushar Garg | Flyhomes (Seattle, Wash.)
- Bryan Mistele | INRIX (Kirkland, Wash.)
- Laura Hunter | LashLiner, Inc (Woodenville, Wash.)
- Kendall Anderegg | Mutual Materials (Bellevue, Wash.)
- Kevin Rutherford | Nuun Hydration (Seattle, Wash.)
- Michelle Cardinal | Rain the Growth Agency (Portland, Ore.)
- Stefan Kalb | Shelf Engine (Seattle, Wash.)
- Tim Turner | Subsplash (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.)
- Ryan Buchanan | Thesis (Portland, Ore.)
- Monica Enand | Zapproved (Portland, Ore.)
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 Innocent Shumba, US-West EY Private 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.
Pacific Northwest Region Focus
Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2020, eight entrepreneurs leading companies from the Pacific Northwest Region were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Past award winners in the Pacific Northwest include:
Chad Robins and Harlan Robins, Adaptive Biotechnologies; Raj Singh, Accolade; Ed Dominion, D6 Inc.; Daniela Braga, DefinedCrowd; David Wasielewski, Din Tai Fung Restaurant; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, DreamBox Learning; Brian Mariotti, Funko; Ally and Scott Svenson, MOD Pizza; Madeline Haydon, nutpods; Matt Oppenheimer, Remitly; Jessica Gomez, Rogue Valley Microdevices; Patrick Criteser, Tillamook County Creamery Association; and Werner Nistler, Touchmark; among others. For a full list of past winners, please visit the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/pnw. Join the conversation on social media using #EOYPNW and #EOYUS.
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 Northwest Region, sponsors also include PNC Bank.
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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