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28 Apr 2023  | Seattle, WA, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Mountain West Finalists

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

SEATTLE, April 28, 2023 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Mountain West Award. The Mountain West program celebrates entrepreneurs from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. 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 54 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 Mountain West finalists are:

Scott Gustafson, Marti Wymer and Steven Wymer I A Spoonful of Comfort LLC I Salt Lake City, Utah

Aria Irani I Airport Van Rental I Sandy, Utah

Doug Clements I American Eagle Ready Mix Utah, LLC I Magna, Utah

Dr. Lee Eberting I Azova, Inc I Alpine, Utah

Hunter Sebresos I Bacon Inc I Provo, Utah

Marcus Gerhardt and Florian Solzbacher I Blackrock Neurotech I Salt Lake City, Utah

Dr. Tom Lally I Bloom Healthcare, Inc. I Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Cydni Tetro I Brandless I Lindon, Utah

Jeff Gardner and Ryan Gardner I Bucked Up I Orem, Utah

Erika Peterson and JJ Peterson I Clean Simple Eats I South Jordan, Utah

Molly Angela and Brian Cook I Cook Solution Group I Portland, Oregon

Jason McGowan I  Crumbl Cookies LLC I Lindon, Utah

Charles Beecherl I Cureton Midstream I Denver, Colorado

John Spencer I DCI International I Newberg, Oregon

Kevin Koch I Edgewise Therapeutics I Boulder, Colorado

Lena Phoenix and Steven Sashen I Feel The World, Inc. dba Xero Shoes I Broomfield, Colorado

Jimmy Eberhard I Fluid Truck I Denver, Colorado

Alan Turanski I GloryBee I Eugene, Oregon

Monte Deere, Jr.  I HandsFree Labs, Inc. dba Kizik Footwear I Lindon, Utah

Samir Bodas I Icertis I Bellevue, Washington

Scott Roth I Legitscript I Portland, Oregon

Alex Porter I Location3 I Denver, Colorado

Greg Bullington I Magnolia Medical Technologies I Seattle, Washington

Trevor Farnes I MTN OPS I Fruit Heights, Utah

Clark Bell I Nano-Yield I Sandy, Utah

Nicole Mouskondis I Nicholas and Company, Inc. I Salt Lake City, Utah

John Hopkins I NuScale Power Corporation I Portland, Oregon

HP Parwani I Olson Kundig I Seattle, Washington

Doug Pitassi Pacific Office Automation I Beaverton, Oregon

Ben Kinney and Chris Suarez I PLACE I Bellingham, Washington

Mark Hancock and Jason Murray I Providence Group, Inc (PACS) I Farmington, Utah

Michael Rucker I Scout Clean Energy I Boulder, Colorado

Jake Bolling I Skupos I Denver, Colorado

Courtney Anderson I Spa Trouve I Draper, Utah

Kate Harris I Stanley Consultants, Inc. I Broomfield, Colorado

Kerry Siggins I StoneAge I Durango, Colorado

Greg Levesque I Strider Technologies, Inc. I South Jordan, Utah

Andy Heily I The Krusteaz Company I Tukwila, Washington

Jason Wojahn I Thirdera I Broomfield, Colorado

Megan Gluth-Bohan I TRInternational I Edmonds, Washington

Steve Nelligan I US Transport, Inc. I Denver, Colorado

Seth Anderson I Weifield Electrical Contracting I Centennial, Colorado

Sean Collins and Dave Rutter I Win Enterprises I Lehi, Utah

Brandon Newman I Xevant I Lehi, Utah

“This year’s finalists are ambitious entrepreneurs set on transforming their industries and communities,” said Shawn Goff, Entrepreneur Of The Year Mountain West Program Co-Director. “They 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.”

Regional award winners will be announced on Saturday, June 17 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 the Mountain West region, sponsors also include regional Gold sponsors Big Picture, Colliers International, Cresa, Diversified Insurance, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, Truss, and Woodruff Sawyer & Co. and regional Silver sponsor, Silicon Slopes.

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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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