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28 Apr 2022  | Atlanta, GA, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Southeast Finalists

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Southeast Award. The Southeast program celebrates entrepreneurs from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.

The 2022 Southeast finalists are:

  • Art Deas | Alora Pharmaceuticals | Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Eric Satz | Alto Solutions, Inc. | Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rich West | Baebies, Inc. | Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Justin Bellante | BioIQ | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kevin Jones | Celero Commerce | Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Reid Zeising | Cherokee Legal Holdings | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mike Mullen | Circulogene Theranostics, Inc | Birmingham, Alabama
  • Todd Buelow, Daniel DelaCruz and Ben Gilman | Dualboot Partners | Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Milind Bagade and Sayam Bagade | e-Emphasys Technologies, Inc. | Cary, North Carolina
  • Mike Guina and Jim Segrave | flyExclusive LLC | Kinston, North Carolina
  • Matt Cathell | Gunnison Company | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Juliana Blum and Laura Niklason | Humacyte | Durham, North Carolina
  • Bob Watson | Juvare | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Paul Garofolo | Locus Biosciences | Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Lamar Frady and Turjo Wadud | Mountain Express Oil Company | Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Paul Goldman | Muserk, LLC | Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rick Dean | OncoHealth | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mark McKenna | OVME Medical Aesthetics | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Todd Olson | Pendo | Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ryan Carfley | Personify | Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Ginger Aydogdu | Simply Southern | Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Jay Price | Southern Veterinary Partners | Homewood, Alabama
  • Justin Strickland | Strickland’s Enterprises, LLC | Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Carl Sobocinski | Table 301, Inc. | Greenville, South Carolina
  • Paul Noble | Verusen | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Stephanie Nadi Olson | We Are Rosie | Atlanta, Georgia

The finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges and evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

“The 2022 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists have shown us that ambition, courage, ingenuity and empathy are key to driving change,” said Chevy Arnold, Entrepreneur Of The Year Southeast Program Director.

“These entrepreneurs have a mindset that drives them to strive for more and an unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities,” Kimberly Kicklighter, Entrepreneur Of The Year Southeast Program Director.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 15, 2022 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.

For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

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


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In the Southeast, sponsors also include Cresa, King & Spalding LLP and ADP, LLC.

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™ .

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