SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Awards in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The award winners were recognized at a gala event on June 18, 2015 at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego. Hosted for the last 23 years by award-winning journalist and KUSI News co-anchor Sandra Maas, the gala was attended by 500 of San Diego’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs and business leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and commitment to their businesses and communities. In previous years, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year has recognized the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc. and Mindy Grossman of HSN. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year San Diego past winners include leaders from companies such as Proflowers.com, SkinMedica, Rady Children’s Hospital, Illumina, ViaSat, Stone Brewing and Qualcomm.
2015 recipients of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in San Diego have generated $650 million in aggregate revenue and employ over 3,500 people. The winning entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel derived of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year San Diego region award recipients are:
Biotech / Technology
Dr. Rich Heyman, CEO - Seragon / Aragon Pharmaceuticals
Jeff Church, CEO - Suja Juice
Jeffery Sears, Co-founder & CEO / James Stuart, Co-founder & Chairman - PIRCH
Mary Ann McGarry, CEO - Guild Mortgage Co.
Robert Hayes, Co-founder & CEO / Herbert Mutter, Co-founder & Chief Business Officer / Peter Botz, Co-founder & General Counsel – Triton Management Services & Two Jinn
Youth Scholarship Recipient
Karina Contreras, CEO, Adelante Amistad
As part of the California Foundation Fund’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program, FutureBoss, Karina Contreras, a senior at Olympian High School, founded Adelante Amistad. The business is dedicated to helping underserved elders in local communities live a high quality of life by providing innovative activities which enhance independence and dignity. In recognition of her entrepreneurial concept, Contreras was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship at the gala.
Now in its 29th year, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world.
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 annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In San Diego, sponsors include: Barney & Barney (a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Co.), Union Bank, The Daily Transcript, Merrill Datasite, Scherzer International, Cresa, Chase Bank, and Allison+Partners.
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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY 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. Please visit us at www.ey.com/us/eoy/sandiego and follow us @EOY_EY #EOYSD.
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