LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce today the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the Greater Los Angeles Area. This group of exceptional entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 24, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“These finalists are the best of the best, embodying the unique spirit of entrepreneurism,” said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Greater Los Angeles Area. “They positively affect our region in a major way, through jobs, community growth and development and innovation. Ernst & Young is proud to salute them.”
The Greater Los Angeles Area finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2008 are:
Dr. Donald Rice, Chairman, President & CEO, Agensys, Inc.
James Yates, Chairman, President, CEO & Founder, Alliance Inspection Management
James Hicken, President & CEO, Bank of Santa Clarita
Randall Breitenbach, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, BreitBurn Energy Partners, L.P.
Halbert Washburn, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, BreitBurn Energy Partners, L.P.
David Rainer, President & CEO, California United Bank
Jeff Weinstein, Founder, CB Franchise Systems, LLC
Robert Tolleson, President, CEO & Founder, CPO Commerce, Inc.
Zac Brandenberg, CEO, Hydra LLC
John Parlet, Owner & Founder, John's Incredible Pizza Company
Eric Kurtzman, CEO, Kurtzman Carson Consultants, LLC
Jonathan Carson, President, Kurtzman Carson Consultants, LLC
Eric Conley, CEO, Mixed Signals, Inc.
Min Kim, CEO, Nara Bank
Shelley Zalis, Founder & CEO, OTX Corporation
Shelly Hwang, Founder, Pinkberry, Inc.
Young Lee, Founder, Pinkberry, Inc.
Stephen Scully, President & CEO, Scully Companies
Gregory Sinaiko, President, CEO & Founder, The Coding Source LLC
Jeffery Lubell, Chairman, Creative Director & CEO, True Religion Apparel, Inc.
Kevin Sproles, CEO, Volusion, Inc.
Regional award recipients will be eligible for consideration in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 national program. Winners in numerous 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 15, 2008. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In the Greater Los Angeles Area, sponsors include Marsh, Scherzer International, City National Bank and Bowne.
To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on June 24, 2008, contact Sandra Feldner Vandergriff of Ernst & Young at (213) 977-3253 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 13, 2008. Tickets are $300.00 per person. For more information about the program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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