Ernst & Young LLP announces the 2012 independent judging panel for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program in the Carolinas. The panel, which selects the regional Entrepreneur Of The Year award finalists and winners, consists of local business leaders, previous award winners, CEOs and private capital investors. Ernst & Young will announce this year’s winners during an awards gala, June 21, 2012 at The Westin Charlotte.
The 2012 judges are:
- Andy Hall, Managing Director, New Listings, The NASDAQ OMX Group
- Leah Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, A10 Clinical Solutions, Inc.
- Bill Boyd, Chairman of the Board, Agility Recovery Solutions
- Richard Staub, President and CEO, Novella Clinical
- Rob Edwards, Partner, Ridgemont Equity Partners
- Philip Muang, Founder, CEO, Hissho Sushi
“Our panel of judges includes a diverse group of highly accomplished individuals whom span a variety of industries – many of them entrepreneurs in their own right,” says David Hood Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in the Carolinas. “Many have won this award in the past and understand what it takes to be an innovator and an entrepreneur, especially in a challenging economy.”
Now in its 26th year, the Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.
Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and
In the Carolinas, local sponsors include King & Spalding, Vaco and Watson Insurance.
For more information and nomination forms contact: Amanda Dudley, Program Manager, Entrepreneur Of The Year Carolinas Awards.
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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