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EY announces winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Northern California Region Award

San Jose, 27 June 2016

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Celebrating 30 years of ingenuity in America

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the 30th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Northern California Region. This group of leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 24 at The Fairmont San Jose.

“EY has had a tremendous history in honoring outstanding entrepreneurs over the past three decades,” said Ernie Cortes, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Northern California. “This year’s winners have not only taken their companies to the top, but they have also acted as mentors to their employees and made impressive contributions to their communities.”

These entrepreneurs join 30 years of winners in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame. As a group, these entrepreneurs made a significant mark on innovation and the economy. The 2016 award recipients employ almost 6,000 people and are a major source of economic growth in Northern California, driving aggregate revenue of almost two and a half a billion dollars.

EY - EOY winners

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Northern California Award include:

  • Jyoti Bansal, Founder, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategist, AppDynamics | Technology | San Francisco
  • Maury Blackman, CEO & President, Accela | Software | San Ramon
  • Lisa Earnhardt, CEO & President, Intersect ENT | Heathcare | Menlo Park
  • Mike Farley, CEO & Co-founder, Tile | Emerging | San Mateo
  • James Park, CEO, President, & Co-founder, Fitbit | Retail & Consumer Products | San Francisco
  • Lily Sarafan, CEO & President, Home Care Assistance | Services | Palo Alto
  • Tien Tzuo, CEO & Co-founder, Zuora | Financial Services | Foster City
  • Dennis Yang, CEO, Udemy | Tech-Enabled Services | San Francisco

Also honored at the event were Samantha Faxon and Sharlyn McClendon, students in Hayward High School’s Business & Finance class, who founded Your City Gold Card, a reusable discount card that supports local businesses, employs teens and helps fundraise for schools. Faxon and McClendon received EY’s 2016 Youth Entrepreneur scholarship award for their business idea. Each will receive a $1,000 college scholarship which was awarded at the gala.

EY - Samantha Faxon and Sharlyn McClendon

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 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. 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 2017.

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Founded and produced by EY, Entrepreneur Of The Year is nationally sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition, Merrill Corporation is the official and preferred data partner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards as a global leader in secure content sharing, regulated communications and compliance services. Merrill Corporation’s DataSite is used to facilitate the judges’ independent review of nominations. In Northern California, sponsors also include Chatham Financial, King & Spalding, Smart Business, and SolomonEdwards.

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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