Winners of Ernst & Young New Jersey Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Announced; CEOs from Two Somerset County-Based Businesses among Winners

Award Winner Martin Sergi, CEO, PermaLife Products Company (Photo: Business Wire)

ISELIN, N.J.--()--June 23, 2006--Ernst & Young LLP announced the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2006 award in the New Jersey. This year's award winners were recognized tonight at a special 20th anniversary gala event at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe with more than 470 people in attendance.

All of the award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges composed of area leaders from business, academic and civic organizations. The New Jersey Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 award winners are:

-- BUSINESS SERVICES: Kevin McMurtry, Advanced Health Media, Inc., Union County

-- CONSUMER PRODUCTS & SERVICES: David Carney, Lincoln Educational Services, Essex County

-- DISTRIBUTION SERVICES: David Snow, Jr., Medco Health Solutions, Inc., Bergen County

-- EMERGING BUSINESS: Martin Sergi, PermaLife Products LLC, Hudson County

-- INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Stephen Waldis, Synchronoss Technologies, Inc., Somerset County

-- LIFE SCIENCES: Michael Valentino, Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc., Morris County

-- MANUFACTURING: Michael Hobin, Sorbent Products Company, Inc., Somerset County

-- PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Michael Lister, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Inc., Morris County

-- TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION: Bud Mayo, Access Integrated Technologies, Inc., Morris County

"Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and determination necessary to achieve success," said Keith Brownlie, New Jersey Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director. "Ernst & Young is proud of its 20-year history in recognizing and supporting these outstanding leaders and their companies."

New Jersey award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 national program. Award 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 overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.

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 New Jersey, local sponsors include Platinum sponsor Marsh; Gold sponsors Curran & Connors, Doremus Financial Printing, and HSBC; and Silver sponsors EOS Partners, Geller & Company, NJBIZ, and WithumSmith+Brown / WithumSmith+Brown Global Assurance.

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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Contacts

Ernst & Young LLP
Susan Lavin Jones, 732-516-4226
susan.jones@ey.com

Contacts

Ernst & Young LLP
Susan Lavin Jones, 732-516-4226
susan.jones@ey.com