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EY announces winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Pacific Northwest Award

Seattle, 20 June 2016

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Celebrating 30 years of ingenuity in America

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Pacific Northwest. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the program, which has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala on June 17, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Hosted by Emmy-award winning journalist and Tagboard co-founder, Jenni Hogan, the gala was attended by nearly 500 of the Pacific Northwest’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs. The group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders.

 “We at EY are excited to recognize this incredible group of entrepreneurs that are spurring unprecedented growth in our local economies,” said Greg Beams, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Pacific Northwest. “These entrepreneurs have demonstrated excellence, extraordinary success and commitment to their businesses and to our communities. It has been our pleasure to recognize this year’s Pacific Northwest entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs that have been making a difference across the US for the past 30 years as part of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program.”

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Pacific Northwest Award winners are:

Sam Blackman, Co-founder and CEO, Elemental Technologies, Inc. | Portland, Oregon | Technology Category

Hans Bishop, President and CEO, Juno Therapeutics | Seattle, Washington | Life Sciences Category

Luke Kanies, Founder and CEO, Puppet | Portland, Oregon | Software Category

Brian Mariotti, CEO, Funko LLC | Everett, Washington | Consumer Goods and Services Category

Matt Oppenheimer, Co-founder and CEO, Remitly | Seattle, Washington | Services Category

Lee Rhodes, Founder, glassybaby | Seattle, Washington | Specialty Retail Category

Scott Svenson, Co-founder and CEO, MOD Pizza | Bellevue, Washington | Emerging Category

Ally Svenson, Co-founder, MOD Pizza | Bellevue, Washington | Emerging Category

These entrepreneurs now join the ranks of 30 years of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners. As a group, the 2016 award recipients employ nearly 4,000 people, and are a major source of economic stability, adding more than 2,200 jobs in the last year. They have an aggregate revenue of more than $500 million, and an impressive year-over-year revenue growth rate of 121 percent.

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 EY Strategic Growth ForumTM, 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 YearTM Award in Monaco, June 2017.

To learn more about the Pacific Northwest region program and to see photos from the 2016 Awards gala, please visit Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS using #EOYPNW.

To recommend a dynamic leader for the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest program, please visit

Founded and produced by EY, Entrepreneur Of The Year is nationally sponsored 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. The Pacific Northwest program is sponsored by GreenRubino.


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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