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28 Apr 2023  | Miami, FL, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Florida Finalists

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Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are building bolder futures

Miami, April 28 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Florida Award. The Florida program celebrates entrepreneurs from Florida and Puerto Rico. 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 23 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 Florida finalists are:

Anthony Perera | Air Pros USA | Hollywood, Florida

Todd Schonherz | American Oncology Network | Fort Meyers, Florida

Christopher Clementi | Associated Energy Group | Miami, Florida

Russell Thomas | Availity, LLC | Jacksonville, Florida

Moby Kazmi | COPILOT | Maitland, Florida

Christian Allen | Corner Lot | Jacksonville, Florida

Shirl Penny | Dynasty Financial Partners | Saint Petersburg, Florida

Benjamin Gliklich | Element Solutions | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jennifer Addabbo | Engage Fi | Tampa, Florida

Chris Tomasso | First Watch Restaurant Group | Bradenton, Florida

Joshua Hay and Michael White | Indelible | Jacksonville, Florida

Fred Voccola | Kaseya | Miami, Florida

Bret Jorgensen | MDVIP, LLC | Boca Raton, Florida

Oscar Feldenkreis | Perry Ellis International | Miami, Florida

Jeffrey Jackson | PGT Innovations | Nokomis, Florida

Andreas King-Geovanis | Sextant Stays | Miami, Florida

Bruce Lucas | Slide Insurance | Tampa, Florida

Robert Morcos | Social Mobile | Hollywood, Florida

Richard Weissman | The Learning Experience | Deerfield Beach, Florida

Bill Johnson | The Liberty Insurance Brokers | Gainesville, Florida

James Hill | Trajector | Newberry, Florida

Ryan Moul | WAI | Miramar, Florida 

“This year’s finalists are ambitious entrepreneurs set on transforming their industries and communities,” said Sylvain Dominici-Tiranti, Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Co-Director.

“The finalists have been carefully selected by our independent panel of judges for their unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities, and we are thrilled to recognize them,” said Michael E. Pattillo, Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Co-Director.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 8 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 Florida, sponsors also include regional Platinum sponsors: Cresa, and DLA Piper.

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

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