EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Florida Award Finalists

26 Apr 2024

Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are shaping the future

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Florida Award. The Florida program celebrates entrepreneurs from Florida and Puerto Rico. Now in its 38th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year is the preeminent competitive business award for audacious leaders who disrupt markets, revolutionize industries and have a transformational impact on lives. Over the past four decades, the program has recognized the daring entrepreneurs with big ideas and bold actions that reshape our world.

These 22 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 entrepreneurial ecosystem is an important driver of the Florida economy and I am continually impressed each year by the passion, energy and creativity of the EY EOY contenders. We continue the tradition with this year's finalists who are bold entrepreneurs creating a lasting impression in their industries and communities," said Jennifer Williams, Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Co-Director.

"These trailblazers demonstrate unwavering dedication to their companies, customers and communities. We are delighted to recognize their successes," said Monica Frank Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Co-Director.

Entrepreneur Of The Year honors many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage and entrepreneurial spirit. The program celebrates original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

The 2024 Florida finalists are:

Christopher Barnett | ABA Centers | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Magdiel Rodriguez | Alivi | Miami, Florida

Nancy Twine | Briogeo Hair Care | Miami Beach, Florida

Kenneth LaRoe | Climate First Bank | St. Petersburg, Florida

Douglas Cone Jr. | Cone Distributing | Ocala, Florida

Mariela Rovito | Eberjey | Coral Gables, Florida

Kevin Little | Health Advocates Network | Boca Raton, Florida

Eric Reimer | Healthmap Solutions | Tampa, Florida

Manny Vivar | HostDime | Orlando, Florida

Mariano Sanz and Alexander Schachter | Kiwi | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Scott Peper | Mobilization Funding | Tampa, Florida

William Lombardo | Monin, Inc. | Clearwater, Florida

Greg Galant | Muck Rack | Miami, Florida

Patti Hughes | Natural Life | Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Jack Gordon | Next Level Aviation | Dania Beach, Florida

Manny Zuccarelli | Quote Velocity | Boca Raton, Florida

Andrea Lisbona Vives | Touchland LLC | Miami, Florida

Dougan Clarke | Tuuci, LLC | Hialeah, Florida

Andrew Royce | Voyce | Sunrise, Florida

David Habib | Yo Mama's Foods | Clearwater, Florida

Zamir Kazi | ZMR Capital | Tampa, Florida

Learn more about the finalists at ey.com/us/florida.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 14 during a special celebration. The winners will then be considered by the National independent panel of 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.

In addition to Entrepreneur Of The Year, EY US supports other entrepreneurs through the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network to help connect women founders and Black and Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurs, respectively, with the resources, network and access needed to unlock their full potential.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, Cresa, Marsh USA, SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Founded in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year® has celebrated more than 11,000 ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses in the US, and it has since expanded to nearly 80 countries and territories globally.

The US program consists of 17 regional programs whose panels of independent judges select the regional award winners every June. Those winners compete for national recognition at the Strategic Growth Forum® in November where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner represents the US at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.

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