Ernst & Young announces semifinalists for the 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Orange County

Ernst & Young selects the semi-finalists for the 26th annual Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Orange County

Online PR News – 16-April-2012 – Irvine, Calif. – Irvine, Calif. - Ernst & Young LLP today announced the 28 semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Awards in Orange County. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected from more than 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 7, 2012 at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Niguel.

The semifinalists are:

James Beck, CEO - Nature’s Best
George Donaldson, CEO and President - Venvest Ballard and Candlelight Electric
Bill Duehring, President - Felt Racing, LLC
Charles Dunlop, CEO - Ambry Genetics
Andy Fathollahi, CEO - Incipio
Gary Green, President - Liberty Synergistics
Heidi Golledge, CEO and President - CyberCoders
Kunal Hinduja, President - ARQ
India Hynes, CEO and President - Vinotemp Intl.
Gary Jabara, CEO and President - Mobilitie, LLC
Joe Kiani, Chairman and CEO - Masimo Corp.
David Kim, Founder and Managing Partner - The Bascom Group
Casey Kindiger, CEO and President - gen-E
Luke Kupersmith, CEO and President - Source Consulting
Michael Manclark, CEO - Leading Edge Aviation Services
Jim McCluney, CEO - Emulex
Dan Merkle, Chairman and CEO - Lexipol, LLC
Mike Morhaime, CEO, President and Co-Founder - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Jonathan Ord, CEO - DealerSocket, Inc.
Alessandro Pirozzi, Owner and Chef - Cucina Alessa
John Raymont, Founder, CEO and President - Kurion, Inc.
Michael Schwartz, Chairman and CEO - Strategic Capital Holdings, LLC
Eyal Shahar, President - Online Trading Academy
Olga Smirnova, CEO & Inna Kassatkina, President - Global Language Solutions
Sherman Smith, CEO and President - Chambers Group, Inc.
Mohan Tavorath, CEO - Walz Group
Jeff Walker, President - Super D
Andrew Wexler, CEO and President - Pali Mountain

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 17, 2012. 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.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards is nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Orange County, sponsors include: Stradling, Marsh, Union Bank, ADP, Scherzer Intl., Smart Business, HKA, Inc. Public Relations and Strategic Equity Group.

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About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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