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EY Announces Winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 the Mountain Desert Award

Denver, 26 June 2015

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Exemplary entrepreneurs honored at program’s gala event

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Mountain Desert region. These leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award as well as other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 25, 2015 at the Seawall Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 29 years,” said Jim Wilson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Mountain Desert region. “These winners are accomplished leaders who have contributed a tremendous amount to their communities”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Mountain Desert Award include:

Ad Technology

  • Jeremy Ostermiller, Founder & CEO, Altitude Digital (Denver, CO)


  • Paul Spencer, Founder & CEO, Clean Energy Collective (Louisville, CO)

Consumer Technology

  • Bryan Leach, Founder & CEO, Ibotta, Inc. (Denver, CO)


  • Frank Segrave, CEO, Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Greenwood Village, CO)


  • Dave Wright, Founder & CEO, SolidFire, Inc. (Boulder, CO)

Energy & Services

  • Michael P. Earnest, Chairman & CEO, Summit Utilities, Inc. (Littleton, CO)

Health & Wellness Services

  • Matthew Likens, President & CEO, Ulthera, Inc. (Mesa, AZ)

Lifetime Achievement

  • Dana Crawford, President, Urban Neighborhoods, Inc. (Denver, CO)

Retail Consumer Products

  • Traci Lounsbury, President, Workplace ELEMENTS, LLC (Denver, CO)

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 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 nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Mountain Desert region, sponsors also include Faegre Baker Daniels, Colliers International, Scherzer International and the Denver Business Journal.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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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