EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in San Diego

SAN DIEGO--()--EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in San Diego. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 12 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

The finalists are:

  1. Chuck Myers, President and CEO of Airgain, Inc.
  2. Joe Payne, President, Founder and CEO, and Pad Chivukula, CSO and COO, of Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc.
  3. Mark Baum, CEO and Executive Director of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals
  4. Jamie Sigler, Founding Partner of J Public Relations
  5. Troy Wilson, CEO and Cofounder of Kura Oncology Inc.
  6. Dave Gilbert, CEO and Founder of National Funding
  7. David Inmon, CEO and President of Redhorse Corporation
  8. Adam Stettner, CEO of Reliant Funding
  9. Chad Carpenter, Chairman and CEO of Reven Housing REIT, Inc.
  10. Kevin Lustig, CEO and President of Scientist.com
  11. Carlos Michan, CEO of Strata Equity Group, Inc.
  12. Ben Ryan, President of Tourmaline Properties, Inc.
  13. Josh Komenda, President of Veyo
  14. Jody Watkins, CEO and Founder of Watkins Landmark Construction
  15. Stephan Goss, CEO of Zeeto

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

To attend the gala or learn more about the San Diego program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/SanDiego or contact us at eoysandiego@ey.com.

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Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In San Diego, the sponsors of Entrepreneur Of The Year include Cooley LLP and Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC.

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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Ernst & Young LLP
Linda Whalen, +1 213-977-3919