EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award Semifinalists Announced in Orange County Region

Orange County and Inland Empire entrepreneurs were selected as semifinalists from 65 nominations by a panel of 15 independent judges.

Online PR News – 09-April-2015 – Irvine, Calif. – EY today announced semifinalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 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 Orange County and Inland Empire business leaders were selected as semifinalists from 65 nominations by a panel of 15 independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a gala event June 11, 2015 at The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif.

The semifinalists are as follows:

Erick Wolf, Founder – Airwolf 3D, Costa Mesa
Jeff Walker, CEO – Alliance Entertainment, Irvine
Charles Dunlop & James Dunlop, Co-founders – Ambry Genetics, Aliso Viejo
Reza Jahangiri, CEO – American Advisors Group, Orange
Kunal Hinduja, CEO & President – ARQ, Irvine
Steven Sugarman, CEO & Jeff Seabold, President – Banc of California, Tustin
Jim Conroy, CEO – Boot Barn, Irvine
Michael Burdiek, CEO & President – CalAmp, Irvine
Kim Cripe, CEO & President – CHOC – Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange
George Kurtz, CEO & President – CrowdStrike, Irvine
Mike Mussallem, Chairman & CEO – Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine
Steve Sather, CEO & President – El Pollo Loco, Costa Mesa
Geoffrey Godet, CEO & President – Flatirons Solutions, Irvine
Javad Mokhbery, CEO – Futek, Irvine
Jarrod Dogan, CEO & President – Hybrid Promotions, LLC, Cypress
Lane Rankin, Founder & CEO – Illuminate Education, Inc., Irvine
Dan Rodrigues, Founder & CEO – Kareo, Irvine
Amir Neshat, Founder, CEO & President – LIBERTY Dental Plan, Irvine
Anthony Hsieh, Chairman & CEO – loanDepot LLC, Foothill Ranch
Steve Schulze & Alexis Schulze, Co-founders – Nekter Juice Bar Inc., Santa Ana
Andrew Peykoff, CEO & President – Niagara Bottling, LLC, Ontario
Carl Chang, CEO – Pieology Pizzeria, Rancho Santa Margarita
Brian Meshkin, CEO & President – Proove Biosciences, Inc., Irvine
Darin Anderson, CEO – Salas O’Brien, Santa Ana
Peter Nguyen, CEO – Shock Media Group, Costa Mesa
Jerome Fink & David Kim, Managing Partners – The Bascom Group, LLC, Irvine
Young Lee, President – The Flame Broiler, Inc., Costa Mesa
Joe Duran, CEO – United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC, Newport Beach

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in 60 countries.

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, Calif. on Nov. 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 in June 2016. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an 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.

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 Orange County, the sponsors are: Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Co.; Union Bank; Hollencrest Capital Management; Stradling Law; Smart Business Magazine; Merrill Datasite; Scherzer International; and HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications.

Contact information
For more information, contact: Kathy Beckman, EY, 18111 Von Karman Ave., Suite 1000, Irvine, Calif. 92612, (949) 437-0236, kathy.beckman@ey.com.

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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