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12 Apr 2023  | Philadelphia, PA, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Greater Philadelphia Finalists

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

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Greater Philadelphia Award. 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 30 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 Greater Philadelphia finalists are:

Dea Belazi | AscellaHealth LLC

Daniel Berger | Berger Communities

Anthony DaRe | BSI Corporate Benefits

Patrick Cozzi | Cesium

Joshua C. Benson, Frank Burrell and Paul Brown | Deerfield Agency

Betsy Hamm | Duck Donuts Holdings, LLC

Christopher Gallagher | Gallagher Fluid Seals Inc

Joseph Truitt | iECURE

Michael Raphael | IndeVets

Frank Shultz | Infinite Blue Applications LLC

Brandon Singer and Justin Silverman | JustBrand Limited

Patricia Brennan | Key Financial, Inc.

Ira Greenberg | Keystone Technologies, LLC

Steven Lagos | LAGOS

Andrew Turner | LoanStar Technologies

Adit Gupta | Lula Delivery

Dr. Rebecca Taub | Madrigal Pharmaceuticals

Jeffrey Meiler | Marlette Holdings, Inc.

James Freeman | PJ Fitzpatrick, LLC

Michael Schreiber | Playfly Sports

Matt Pestronk | Post Brothers

Dr. Ellen Stang | ProgenyHealth, LLC

Michael Capone | Qlik

John Dulczak | RetireeFirst

Brendan Cawley | Righteous Felon

Clement Pappas | Stateside Vodka

Guido Gallicchio | Thayer Distribution

Vaughan Buckley | Volumetric Building Companies

B.J. Werzyn | West Shore Home

Perry Steiner | Xactus

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 Greater Philadelphia, sponsors also include CRESA; Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN); Lockton; Ballard Spahr LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Troutman Pepper 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 Award winners go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® title. Visit

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