Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Announced in New York Metropolitan Area

NEW YORK--()--June 16, 2006--

  Award Winners Named at Gala Event on Wednesday, June 28, 2006; Media Invited  



Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2006 award in the Metropolitan New York area, which includes companies in Southwest Connecticut, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island. This year's 29 finalists from 26 companies were selected from 50 nominations by an independent judging panel composed of area business, academic and civic leaders. This year's judging panel includes John Bello, President, JoNa Ventures, Regional Award Recipient in 1999 and National Award Recipient in 2001 for SoBe Beverages; Christopher Duda, Vice President, Goldman Sachs; Steve Hindy, President, Brooklyn Brewery and Regional Award Recipient in 2004; Roger Hurwitz, Partner, APAX Partners; Dr. Anat Lechner, Professor of Management, Stern School of Business, New York University; Terence Powell, Managing Director, Nasdaq; and Alair Townsend, Publisher, Crain's New York Business.

Award winners will be announced at a special 20th anniversary gala event on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, where the talented Joe Piscopo will serve as the program Emcee.

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

The Metropolitan New York Area finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 award are:

First Name  M.I. Last Name      Company Name
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David            Moore          24/7 Real Media, Inc.
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Rebecca          Cenni          Atrium Staffing
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Mark             Harris         Axiom Legal
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Lawrence         Ubertini       Bamberger Polymers Corp
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Elaine           Brodsky        Citi Storage LLC
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Norman           Brodsky        Citi Storage LLC
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Michael          Gordon         ConsumerPowerline
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Ari              Sonesh         CosmoCom, Inc
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Gina             Zangrillo      Darien Sport Shop
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Richard          Edelman        Edelman
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Frank      T.    MacInnis       Emcor Group, Inc.
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Seth             Horowitz       Everlast Worldwide, Inc.
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Frank            Bivona         Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.
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Warren           Heck           GNY Insurance Companies
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Stewart          Rahr           Kinray, Inc.
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Chris            Young          Klipmart Corporation
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Jerome           Blaine         LDI/Color Tool Box 
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Mitch            Davis          Massive Incorporated
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Glen             de Vries       Medidata Solutions, Inc.
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Michael          Koffler        MetSchools, Inc.
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Jeffrey          Mayer          Mxenergy
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Robi             Artman-Hodge   Mxenergy
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Daniel     J.    Schwartz       NexVue Analytics Corporation
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Bill             Greenblatt     Sterling Testing Systems, Inc.
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Steven           Shore          Steve & Barry's University Sportswear
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Barry            Prevor         Steve & Barry's University Sportswear
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Shoba            Purushothaman  The NewsMarket, Inc.
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Howard     R.    Levitt         Tourneu Inc.
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Michael    F.    O'Reilly       Trade-Winds Environmental Restoration
                                 Inc.
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Metropolitan New York Area 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.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year award program is nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Metropolitan New York Area, local sponsors include Platinum Sponsor, Marsh; Gold Sponsors, Curran & Connors, Doremus Financial Printing and HSBC; Silver Sponsors, Eos Partners, Geller & Co. and WithumSmith+Brown; News Distribution Sponsors, Business Wire; and Bronze Banquet Patrons, Empire Valuations and Scherzer International.

Contact Information

To make reservations for the awards banquet on June 28, 2006, contact Jennifer Graff of Ernst & Young at (212)773-6018 or Jennifer.Graff@ey.com by June 25. Tickets are $250 per person or a Bronze Banquet Table Patron for $5,000, credit cards accepted. For more information about the awards program, visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.

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 Program Manager, Kathy Farrell at (203)674-3208 as soon as possible to request a complimentary reservation. Press credentials must be presented.

Contacts

Ernst & Young LLP
Kathy Farrell, 203-674-3208; Kathy.farrell@ey.com

Contacts

Ernst & Young LLP
Kathy Farrell, 203-674-3208; Kathy.farrell@ey.com