EY Announces Finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in Orange County

20 Orange County entrepreneurs, representing 18 companies, will compete for six Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Online PR News – 14-May-2014 – IRVINE, Calif. – EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in the Orange County Region. 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 nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 4, 2014 at The St. Regis Resort in Dana Point.

The finalists include 20 entrepreneurs, representing 18 companies, who will compete for six Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Finalists are:
Maria Thompson, President & CEO – Agile Sourcing Partners, Corona
Reza Jahangiri, CEO – American Advisors Group, Orange
Jeffrey Frieden, CEO – Auction.com, Irvine
Michael Burdiek, President & CEO – CalAmp Corp., Irvine
Debra Miller, CEO/Founder – CureDuchenne, Newport Beach
Jonathan Ord, CEO – DealerSocket, Inc., San Clemente
Eve Yen, Founder/President – Diamond Wipes International, Inc., Chino
John Jordan, CEO – DPI Specialty Foods, Ontario
Mark Whitley, CEO – Easter Seals Southern California, Santa Ana
Maynard Carkhuff, Chairman/CEO – Freedom Innovations, Irvine
Michael Purcell, Founder/Chief Marketing Officer – Global Cash Card, Irvine
Jeffery Hanson, Chairman/CEO – Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc., Irvine
Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO – Human Options, Irvine
Steve Schulze & Alexis Schulze, Co-founders – Nekter Juice Bar, Inc., Santa Ana
Stephen Gordon, Founding Chairman/CEO/President – Opus Bank, Irvine
Jerome Fink & David Kim, Co-founders/Managing Partners – The Bascom Group, LLC, Irvine
Phu Hoang, CEO – Virtium Technology, Inc., Rancho Santa Margarita
Phillip Chang, Founder/Chairman – Yogurtland, Irvine

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 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 National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In Orange County, regional sponsors include Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Cresa, Merrill DataSite, Scherzer Investigations, Smart Business magazine, and HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications.
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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.

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