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EY announces finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Region!

Pittsburgh, 8 May 2015

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EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia 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 19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.     

The finalists are:

Kinesh Doshi - Accion Labs, Inc.

Cathy Mary - AEC Group, Inc.

Cathy Schnaubelt Rogers - Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear

Charlie Batch - Best of the Batch Foundation

Arnie Burchianti, II - Celtic Healthcare

Judy Bannon - Cribs for Kids, Inc.

CJ Handron - Diamond Kinetics, Inc.

Chris Edwards, Mark Edward, Dana Edwards Manatos - Edward Marc Brands, Inc.

Michael Thomas - FeX, Inc.

Greg Petro -First Insight, Inc.

Dick Zhang - Identified Technologies

Jeanette Spofford - Justifacts Credential Verification Inc.

Chris Pacione, Pete Maher, Bill Lucas - LUMA Institute

Parag Batavia - Neya Systems, LLC

Joel Reed - OpenArc, LLC

Pam Cohen, Gail Klingensmith - Pamela’s P&G Diners

Meg Cheever - Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Buddy Flerl - RDX

Jonathan Plesset - Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel

Michael Gallup - TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.

Ian Rosenberger - Thread

Robert Tudi - Tudi Holdings, Inc.

Leonardo Curimbaba - US Electrofused Minerals, Inc.

Joe Peilert - VEKA Inc.

Jason Matthews - W. Blazer Holdings

2015 Master Entrepreneur

Giorgio Coraluppi - Compunetix

The list of Western Pennsylvania 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 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia sponsors also include: PNC Bank, Gateway Financial, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Chemistry Communications and Trib Total Media.

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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