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EY announces winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Greater Philadelphia Award

Philadelphia, 15 June 2018

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EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Greater Philadelphia Region. This group of bold entrepreneurial leaders was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were unveiled at a special gala on June 14, 2018 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

“EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs who do things differently for more than three decades,” said Debra von Storch, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “We are proud to announce the 2018 winners, who boldly break the mold to create new solutions, innovations and possibilities that redefine how we live, work and play.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Greater Philadelphia Award include:

  • Noreen Beaman and Chuck Widger - Brinker Capital, Inc.
  • Cosmo DeNicola - Cosmo DeNicola Companies
  • Frances Pierce - Data Systems Analysts, Inc.
  • Dr. Song Li - Frontage Laboratories, Inc.
  • Dave Goswami - IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC
  • Bethany Edwards - Lia Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Jonathan Brassington - LiquidHub
  • Samuel Wolf - LuckyVitamin
  • Dawn Zier - Nutrisystem, Inc.
  • Peter Miller and Ramy Mahmoud - Optinose, Inc.
  • Mark Vergnano - The Chemours Company
  • William “Bill” Graham IV - The Graham Company
  • Dr. Stephen Klasko - Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

In addition to recognizing the regional award winners, Bill Graham, Chief Executive Officer of The Graham Company, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award for his sustained growth and business success. Dr. Stephen Klasko, Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, was the recipient of the Visionary Award for his innovative approach to consumer friendly healthcare.

Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2019.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Greater Philadelphia, sponsors also include PNC Bank, Pine Hill Group, Murray Devine & Company, SolomonEdwardsGroup, Ballard Spahr LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Simkiss & Block and Philadelphia Business Journal.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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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