Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Announced in Greater Los Angeles; Award Winners Named at Gala Event on June 27

LOS ANGELES--()--June 5, 2006--Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2006 award in Greater Los Angeles. This year's 15 finalists were selected by an independent judging panel composed of area business, academic and civic leaders. Award winners will be announced at a special 20th anniversary gala event on June 27, 2006, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

"This year's finalists are true visionaries who have contributed to economic growth, innovation, and cutting-edge products and services," said Tony Radaich, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Los Angeles. "We proudly celebrate their achievements as we mark the 20th anniversary of this prestigious awards program."

The Greater Los Angeles finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 award are:

-- Daniel Sanker, President and CEO, CaseStack, Inc.

-- Ming Hsieh, Chairman, President and CEO, Cogent, Inc.

-- Judi Irving, President and CEO, HemaCare Corporation

-- Mark Theis, President, HMS Capital, Inc.

-- Jonathan Carson & Eric Kurtzman, President and CEO, Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC

-- C. Bryce Benjamin, CEO, Language Weaver

-- Brian Liu, CEO and Founder,

-- Valeria Rico, President and CEO, Lexicon Marketing

-- Isaac Shepher, President, Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc.

-- Steven Foster, President, Lucky Strike Entertainment

-- David Lord, President and CEO, RazorGator Interactive Group

-- Stuart Levy, Chairman, TOKYOPOP, Inc.

-- Mehran Nia, CEO, US Auto Parts

-- Edward Wedbush, President and CEO, Wedbush Morgan Securities

-- Chuck Champion and David Marshall, Chairman, CEO, and Vice Chairman,

The Supporter of Entrepreneurship award will be presented to G. Bradford Jones, Managing Director of Redpoint Ventures.

Greater Los Angeles award winners will be eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2006.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues to recognize the leaders and visionaries who are creating and building world-class businesses. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards is nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Los Angeles, local sponsors include Marsh, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, and Union Bank.

Contact Information

To make reservations for the June 27 awards banquet, contact Ivka Adam, Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, at 213-977-7777 or Tickets are $250 per person. For more information about the awards program, visit

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.

About Ernst & Young

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Note to Editors: Media are invited to attend the awards banquet for interview and photo opportunities. Please call Linda Whalen at 213-977-3919 as soon as possible to request a complimentary reservation. Press credentials must be presented.


Ernst & Young
Ivka Adam, 213-977-4353
Linda Whalen, 213-977-3919


Ernst & Young
Ivka Adam, 213-977-4353
Linda Whalen, 213-977-3919