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19 Apr 2024 

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New Jersey Award Finalists

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

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ISELIN, NJ, April 19 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New Jersey Award. 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.

“Each year, I continue to be amazed by the energy and entrepreneurship of the nominations we receive in our New Jersey program.  This year’s finalist class emerged from a group of very competitive leaders, all of whom should be proud for being recognized for the impact they are making” said Brian Lioce, EOY New Jersey co-program director.

"These entrepreneurs, selected independently by a panel of judges, show an unyielding dedication to their business endeavors, customer relationships and community involvement. We are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments”, said Joel Wagner, EOY New Jersey co-program 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 New Jersey finalists are:

Mirtes Lobaito | AGM Tech Solutions | Manalapan, New Jersey

Nikhil Lalwani | ANI Pharmaceuticals | Princeton, New Jersey

Paul M. Altero and Bill Hart | Bubbakoo's Burritos | Wall, New Jersey

Leonard L. Mazur | Citius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Cranford, New Jersey

Michael Intrator | Coreweave | Roseland, New Jersey

Vanessa Rissetto | Culina Health | Hoboken, New Jersey

Shailja Dixit | Curio Digital Therapeutics Inc. | Princeton, New Jersey

Pip Decker | Current Trucking LLC | Morristown, New Jersey

Steven Denholtz | Denholtz Properties | Red Bank, New Jersey

Jim Kras | Edible Garden AG Incorporated | Belvidere, New Jersey

Nina Tandon | EpiBone, Inc. | Jersey City, New Jersey

Carlos Patrick Oliver and William Mascharka | Frazier Industrial Company | Long Valley, New Jersey

Jill Chisholm | GeneScreen Counseling | Bernardsville, New Jersey

Samer Hanini | Hanini Group | Newark, New Jersey

Don Daszkowski | IFPG | Parlin, New Jersey

Jeffrey Kinsberg | JAKTOOL LLC | Cranbury, New Jersey

William Kimmerle | Kimmerle Newman Architects | Harding Township, New Jersey

Gavin McCloskey | LOVE CORN | Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey

Ashish Garg | Net2Source Inc. | Somerset, New Jersey

Kunal Gupta | Nutra-Med Packaging LLC | Whippany, New Jersey

Daniel Prince, PhD | Prince Sterilization Services | Pine Brook, New Jersey

Emer Leahy | PsychoGenics Inc | Paramus, New Jersey

Nish Parikh and Hetal Parikh | Rangam | Somerset, New Jersey

Terrence McLean | SageSure | Jersey City, New Jersey

Shaun Keegan and Corey Gross | Solar Landscape | Asbury Park, New Jersey

Avis Yates Rivers | Technology Concepts Group International | Iselin, New Jersey


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Regional award winners will be announced on June 10 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 New Jersey, sponsors also include DLA Piper and Empire Valuation Consultants.

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


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