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27 Apr 2023  | Washington, DC, DC, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Mid-Atlantic Finalists

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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.

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