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5 Aug 2021 Pittsburgh, US

EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 East Central Award

In its 35th year, EY honors unstoppable entrepreneurial creators and disrupters in East Central.

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In its 35th year, EY honors unstoppable entrepreneurial creators and disrupters in East Central.

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® East Central Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The East Central program celebrates entrepreneurs from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Northeast and South Central Ohio and Kentucky. This group of audacious entrepreneurial leaders was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. East Central award winners were unveiled during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021 to honor and celebrate these business leaders who test the limits of the possible and find ways to catapult us from now to next and beyond.

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with these unstoppable entrepreneurs as they join our global Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni community,” said Mike Denove, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year East Central program. “These leaders inspired us all with their courage, ambition and commitment to their companies, clients and communities through the extraordinary challenges of the past year.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 East Central Award are:

  • Kathryn Fantauzzi | Apollo Neuroscience (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Tony Remington and Julie Brazil | Gravity Diagnostics LLC (Covington, Kentucky)
  • Jeff Coury | Mortgage Connect LP (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Jim Rock | Seegrid Corporation (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Maria Bennett | SPR Therapeutics, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Ray Lui and Mary McCann | Sprinly (Cleveland, Ohio)

Nominees 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.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 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 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.


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, The 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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