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EY announces finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in the Ohio Valley Region

Cincinnati, 14 April 2015

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EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 in the Ohio Valley Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 4 at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati.  

The finalists are:

Victor Swami, President & Chief Executive Officer, Areva Pharmaceuticals and ADIO Health Management, Georgetown, IN

Jason Mulvene, President, Blue Ocean Traders, Inc., Louisville, KY

Steve Huey, Chief Executive Officer, Capture Higher Ed, Louisville, KY

Mike Tetterton, President & Chief Executive Officer, Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY

Timothy Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer, CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, Blue Ash, OH

Mark Elwood, Chief Executive Officer, Elwood Staffing, Columbus, IN

Ben Lanius, Chief Executive Officer, HighPoint Global, Indianapolis, IN

Steve Hightower, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hightowers Petroleum, Co., Franklin, OH

Mark Eley, Chief Executive Officer, ID+A, Inc., Louisville, KY

Jeni Bitton Bauer, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Columbus, OH

Bob Kissel, President & Chief Executive Officer, KDM Pop Solutions Group, Cincinnati, OH

Lacy Starling, President, Legion Logistics, LLC, Florence, KY

Craig Rutledge, President & Owner, LSS Holdings, LLC, Louisville, KY

Chris Gabrelcik, President, Lubrication Specialties, Inc., Mount Gilead, OH

Zeke Turner, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mainstreet, Carmel, IN

August Troendle, MD, President & Chief Executive Officer, Medpace, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Steve Melink, President, Melink Corporation, Milford, OH

Hiten Shah, President, MES, Inc., Lewis Center, OH

Mark Franco, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mixer Direct, Inc., Louisville, KY

Bob Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Pillar Technology, Columbus, OH

Tony Munafo, President, and Michael Munafo, Executive Vice President, ProLink Staffing Services, LLC, Cincinnati, OH

J.J. Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Rook Security, Indianapolis, IN

Melanie Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer, Joshua Rosenthal, Ph.D, Chief Scientific Officer, and Burak Sezen, Chief Information Officer, RowdMap, Inc., Louisville, KY

Joe Steier, III, Ph.D, President & Chief Executive Officer, Signature HealthCARE, LLC, Louisville, KY

Normand Desmarais, Founding Partner, Kevin Moore, Ph.D, Founding Partner, and Greg Harmeyer, Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer, TiER 1 Performance Solutions, Covington, KY

Purna Veer, President, V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc., Louisville, KY

Edgar Smith, Jr., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, World Pac Paper, LLC, Cincinnati, OH

Collectively, these companies have combined revenue of more than $3.3B, and have experienced average revenue growth of 26% over the previous year. They have also seen the number of people they employ rise by over 21% in the same period; employing nearly 25,000 in the region. The list of Ohio Valley judges and additional information about the program is available at

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016.Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In Ohio Valley, sponsors also include: Frost Brown Todd, Merrill Corporation, PNC, CincyTech, Scripps, Cincinnati Business Courier, Columbus Business First and Louisville Business First.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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