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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

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

Online PR News – 14-May-2014 – 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, 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

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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 nations 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 worlds 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.

About EYs Strategic Growth Markets
EYs Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practices guide leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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