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EY announces the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award winners in New Jersey

Secaucus, 26 June 2015

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EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in New Jersey. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick on June 25.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 29 years,” said Brent Ashton, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director for New Jersey. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 New Jersey Award winners are:

  • Rina Parikh, President, AASKI Technology, Inc.
  • Bharat Parikh, CEO, AASKI Technology, Inc.
  • Daniel O'Connor, President & CEO, Advaxis, Inc.
  • Marc Ackerman, Co-Founder & COO,
  • Elliot Bohm, Co-Founder & CEO,
  • Ed Adams, CEO, Direct Travel
  • Brian Leuthner, President & CEO, Edge Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Navneet Puri, PhD, President & CEO, InnoPharma, Inc.
  • Steven Dai, President & CEO, International Vitamin Corporation
  • Jamie Lima, Co-Founder & CEO, IT Cosmetics
  • Paulo Lima, Co-Founder & President, IT Cosmetics
  • Joseph Beneducci, Chairman, President & CEO, ProSight Specialty Insurance
  • Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, Chairman & CEO, Summit Medical Group

Now in its 29th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President, CEO and Chairman of Medivation.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. 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 New Jersey, sponsors also include Cresa, DLA Piper, Empire Valuation Consultants, Merrill Corporation, Morgan Lewis, Murray Devine, NJBIZ, PNC, Scherzer International, SolomonEdwardsGroup.

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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