EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Mid-Atlantic Award Finalists

22 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 Mid-Atlantic Award. The Mid-Atlantic program celebrates entrepreneurs from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. 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 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.

"This year's finalists are making waves in their industries and impacting their companies, customers and communities in exciting and impressive ways," said Steve Canaras, Mid-Atlantic Program Co-Director.

"Our independent panel of judges selected bold entrepreneurs who show resilience and adaptability as well as a dedication to solving real problems in business and society. We are delighted to recognize their successes,” said Anthony Calderazzi, Mid-Atlantic 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 Mid-Atlantic finalists are:

Anil Sharma | 22nd Century Technologies | Tysons Corner, VA

Sachin Shetty | Annapath | Bowie, MD

Josh Matthews | Apkudo | Baltimore, MD

Kevin Kelly | Arcfield | Chantilly, VA

Julie Sciullo | Association Analytics | Arlington, VA

Sukumar Iyer | Brillient Corporation | Reston, VA

Sonny Ganguly | Clutch Co. | Washington, DC

Justin Baer | Collars & Co. | Bethesda, MD

Sid Chowdhary | Credence Management Solutions | Tysons Corner, VA

Dan Berkon | Culmen International | Alexandria, VA

Tom Walker | DroneUp | Virginia Beach, VA

Burton White | Excella | Arlington, VA

Dawn Hendricks | FM Talent Source | Silver Spring, MD

Ben Miller | Fundrise | Washington, DC

Dr. Samir Khleif | Georgiamune | Gaithersburg, MD

Tim McLaughlin | GoTab | Arlington, VA

Kyle Hanslovan | Huntress | Columbia, MD

Prashant Agrawal | Impact Analytics | Washington, DC

Tim Springer | Level Access | Arlington, VA

Helen Stefan Moreau | The Midtown Group | Washington, DC

Steve Sidel | Mindoula | Silver Spring, MD

Manu Smadja  | MPOWER Financing | Washington, DC

Dr. Josh Funk | Rehab 2 Perform | Germantown, MD

Kristina Bouweiri | Reston Limousine | Sterling, VA

Dave Sterling | Royce Geospatial Consultants | Arlington, VA

Sarela Herrada | SIMPLi | Baltimore, MD

David Simnick and Daniel Doll | Soapbox | Washington, DC

Glenn Diersen | Summit Human Capital | Richmond, VA

Dr. Henok Tesfaye | USP Holdings | Washington, DC

Tobias Dengel | WillowTree | Charlottesville, VA

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic program, please visit our website.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 15 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. In Mid-Atlantic, sponsors also include regional Platinum sponsor ADP, regional Gold sponsors Cooley and DLA Piper, and regional Silver sponsor Kelly Benefits Strategies.

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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