Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in Orange County. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, Calif. on June 6, 2013.
• Anand Nallathambi, CEO CoreLogic, Inc., Irvine
• Heidi Golledge, CEO, Founder CyberCoders & CareerBliss, Irvine
• Jerry Paolone, Chairman, Founder, CEO MagnaFlow Exhaust Products, Rancho Santa Margarita
• Alan Fuerstman, Founder, CEO Montage Hotels & Resorts, Laguna Beach
• Joseph Renton, Founder, Chairman System & Software Enterprises, Brea
• Hezy Shaked, Founder, Chairman, CSO Tilly's, Inc., Irvine
Collectively, these winners generate nearly $2.4 billion in revenue and provide employment to over 11,000 people. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (The Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, and 2012 winner Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani Inc.
These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. 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 by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Orange County, local sponsors include: Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, LLP, Scherzer International, Smart Business magazine and HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. For more information about the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Orange County, go to ey.com/US/en/About-us/Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year/OrangeDesert_Article_Overview_Page_Main.
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