Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are building bolder futures
Washington, D.C., April 27, 2023 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Mid-Atlantic Award. The Mid-Atlantic program celebrates entrepreneurs from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Now in its 37th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for transformative entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.
These 33 entrepreneurs were selected as finalists by an independent panel of judges. The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.
The 2023 Mid-Atlantic finalists are:
Bryan Myers | [solidcore] | Washington, District of Columbia
Mike Radu | AbsoluteCare | Columbia, Maryland
Greg Gershman and Paul Smith | Ad Hoc LLC | Washington, District of Columbia
Rachele Cooper | Aptive Resources | Alexandria, Virginia
Rami Elghandour | Arcellx | Gaithersburg, Maryland
You Mon Tsang | ChurnZero | Washington, District of Columbia
David Wellisch | Collage Group, LLC | Bethesda, Maryland
Felipe Hasselmann | Cuisine Solutions | Sterling, Virginia
Pete Meeks | Delaware Elevator, Inc. | Salisbury, Maryland
Yanek Korff, Dave Merkel and Justin Bajko | Expel | Herndon, Virginia
Tim Hwang | FiscalNote | Washington, District of Columbia
Watt Foster | Foster Fuels, Inc | Brookneal, Virginia
Gabby Wong | FranConnect | Herndon, Virginia
FX Rouxel | Gardyn Inc | Bethesda, Maryland
Matt Malone | Groundworks | Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ricky Spiro | Hilb Group | Richmond, Virginia
Prashant Agrawal | Impact Analytics Inc. | Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Ian Northrop | JHNA | Alexandria, Virginia
Joye B. Moore | JOYEBELLS LLC | Richmond, Virginia
Ayeshah Abuelhiga | MDBC LLC dba Mason Dixie Foods | Baltimore, Maryland
Helen Stefan Moreau | Midtown Personnel, Inc. | Washington, District of Columbia
Paige Wilson | Naborforce | Richmond, Virginia
Denita Conway | PROVEN Management, LLC | Washington, District of Columbia
Mohammad Elias | RELI Group Inc. | Catonsville, Maryland
Naveen Krishnamurthy | RIVA Solutions, Inc. | McLean, Virginia
Ed Sealing | Sealing Technologies, Inc. | Columbia, Maryland
Todd Walrath | ShiftMed | McLean, Virginia
Josh Jerge | Smartroof LLC | Reston, Maryland
Bin Chen | Stori | Arlington, Virginia
Chris Owen | Turn2Partners | Herndon, Virginia
Regional award winners will be announced on Thursday, June 22 during a special celebration. The winners will then be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual 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 World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2024.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 entrepreneurs throughout the US since its inception in 1986, and it has grown to recognize business leaders across 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, N.A.; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In Mid-Atlantic, sponsors also include Cresa Global, Inc., Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, LLP, ADP, and Kelly Benefits Strategies.
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 Award winners go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® title. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.
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