The Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards announced the 2011 independent judging panel for The Carolinas. The panel, which selects the regional Entrepreneur Of The Year® award finalists and winners, is made up of local business leaders, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors. This year’s award winners will be announced at The Westin Charlotte on June 09, 2011
The judges are:
Joseph Brantuk, Vice President Global Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ
Leah Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, A10 Clinical Solutions, Inc.
Randy Kibler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bojangles' Restaurants, Inc.
Ed McMahan, Partner, Falfurrias Capital Partners
Walker Poole, Partner, Ridgemont Capital Partners
Bill Smith, Senior Vice President – Investments, UBS Financial Services, Inc.
David Vorhoff, Co-founding Partner, McColl Partners, LLC
Chad Waldorff, Co-founder, Sticky Fingers Restaurant Group
“The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® judges are amazing, accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders in their own right, ” said David Hood, Program Partner for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program in the Carolinas. “Many have won the Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the past. This program is truly by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards program will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Over the past quarter-century, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell, Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Howard Lutnick of BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, 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. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. Application forms must be received by March 18, 2011.
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 three years old.
For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in the Carolinas, please visit our company website.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Carolinas local sponsors include King & Spalding and Business Leader Media.
For more information and nomination forms contact: Amanda Dudley Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Carolinas Awards, at +1 704 331 1925 or Amanda.dudley[.]ey.com.
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 award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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