Ernst & Young’s Ring tells KNX radio about risk taking, passion of EOY award winners

The winners in this year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Los Angeles program were selected because “they are out there taking risks and making investments in their people,” Brian Ring, EOY program director for LA, told Frank Mottek, host of KNX’s Business Hour on Wednesday’s radio show.

Ring also noted a common theme among the winners at Tuesday night’s awards gala held at the Beverly Hills Hilton: A passion for what they do, which coupled with their other traits is helping make a difference in the LA economy.

This year marks the silver anniversary of the Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year winners for greater LA

Ernst & Young announced the greater Los Angeles award winners for its Entrepreneur Of The Year program, now in its 25th year, at a gala event last night at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

The winners by category are:

  • Ajay Handa, CEO, Columbus Technologies & Services, Inc.
    Pasadena – Services
  • Adam Miller, President & CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand
    Santa Monica – Technology
  • Lyndon Faulkner, President & CEO, Pelican Products, Inc.
    Torrance – Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Brandon Beck, Co-Founder & CEO, Marc Merrill, Co-Founder & President, Riot Games
    Santa Monica – Retail & Consumer Products
  • Frank Addante, CEO & Founder, the Rubicon Project, Inc.
    Los Angeles – Emerging
  • Neal Schore, President & CEO, Triton Media Group
    Sherman Oaks – Media, Advertising & Leisure
  • Steve Rechnitz, Co-Founder & CEO, Twin Med LLC
    Santa Fe Springs – Healthcare

“Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past
25 years,” said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Greater Los Angeles Program Director. “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community. They give us hope for what the next 25 years of entrepreneurs will bring.”

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Greater Los Angeles finalists announced

LOS ANGELES, CA Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Greater Los Angeles finalists. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 21 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging community development and innovation in our broader economy,” said Brian Ring, Entrepreneur Of The Year Greater Los Angeles Program Director. “No matter who wins on June 21 we know one thing for sure – Greater Los Angeles is enriched by every one of these finalists.”

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Semi-Finalists in Greater Los Angeles Announced

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in Greater Los Angeles. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Finalists will be announced in May, with the winners revealed at a gala event on June 21 at Beverly Hills Hilton.

“For the past 25 years, Ernst & Young has honored the best entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneur Of The Year program,” said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Greater Los Angeles. “These entrepreneurs have a tremendous impact in our region. We are extraordinarily proud to honor innovative, market-leading entrepreneurs, like these semi-finalists.”

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LABJ Biz Seen Features Photo from EOY Mayoral Kick-off

On February 28, 2011, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner joined Brian Ring from Ernst & Young to kick-off the 25th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® (EOY) program for the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Mayor and Beutner welcomed award nominees, distinguished past award winners and award sponsors. For the silver anniversary of the prestigious award and in line with the City’s new tagline – “Where the World Creates and Innovates” – the award recognizes entrepreneurs that stimulate the economy by creating businesses and jobs in Los Angeles.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Brian Ring, Ernst & Young partner; Bill Browning, Ernst & Young Los Angeles office managing partner; and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner at the Entrepreneur of the Year mayoral kick-off.

City of Los Angeles Partners with Ernst & Young to Launch 25th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Los Angeles, CA – Award celebrates regional innovation of finalists in Los Angeles who in this past year accounted for 14,683 jobs and almost $5 billion.

Today Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner joined Brian Ring from Ernst & Young to kick-off the 25th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® (EOY) program for the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Mayor and Beutner welcomed award nominees, distinguished past award winners and award sponsors. For the silver anniversary of the prestigious award and in line with the City’s new tagline – “Where the World Creates and Innovates” – the award recognizes entrepreneurs that stimulate the economy by creating businesses and jobs in Los Angeles.

EOY celebrates entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Awards are given in each region for innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to the businesses and community achievement. Finalists in Los Angeles this past year accounted for 14,683 jobs and almost $5 billion.

“I think it’s great that an established firm like Ernst &Young takes the time to acknowledge emerging companies that are re-defining how we conceive the world,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Today’s nominee reception illuminates the contributions of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in our City.”

Each year, Ernst & Young recognizes successful entrepreneurs from more than 140 cities in 50 countries and receives over 100 nominations for the Entrepreneur of the Year® award from companies in Greater Los Angeles. Approximately 45% are located in the City of LA proper. Over the past five years, City of Los Angeles finalists have brought in over $7 billion in revenue and 36 companies in Los Angeles companies have made it to the EOY finals. The average winning company has 1,900 employees, $418 million in net sales and 27.5% growth. Key past Los Angeles winners include: Tim Leiweke, Magic Johnson, Jr., David Bohnett and Greg Waldorf.

“Congratulations to this year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® nominees – or what I would call, Job Creator of the Year – and past award recipients,” said First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner. “Los Angeles is the creative capital of our country and we’re proud to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in our business community.”

The regional awards will be announced in June, followed by national gala in Palm Springs in November. Winners are chosen on the basis of vision, leadership, achievement and social responsibility. In order to qualify, entrepreneurs must be the founder or executive who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business early in its life cycle or during its growth. There are four stages to the local Entrepreneur of the Year® award competition: nomination, semi-finalist, finalist and award recipient. This event celebrates the launch of the award – the deadline for entries is March 18th.

“This is an auspicious time for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Entrepreneur of the Year® because entrepreneurs are the ones who will bring jobs and revive our economy,” said Brian Ring, Entrepreneur of the Year® program director for Greater Los Angeles.

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 140 cities in 50 countries.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in the Greater Los Angeles Area announce the 2011 independent judging panel

Los Angeles, CA – The Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards today announced the 2011 independent judging panel for the Greater Los Angeles Area.  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 Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, June 21. 

The judges are:

  • Jim Armstrong, Managing Director, Clearstone Venture Partners
  • Teymour Boutros-Ghali, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Monitor Ventures
  • Chuck Davis, CEO, Fandango*
  • Mark Hardy, Partner, Aurora Capital Group
  • Jeri Harman, Managing Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners
  • John Johnson, Managing Director, The Spartan Group
  • Brad Jones, Managing Director, Redpoint Ventures*
  • J. Christopher Lewis, General Partner, Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners
  • Dr. Linda Livingstone, Dean, Professor of Management, Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine
  • Jane Pak, CEO, National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles
  • Kamran Pourzanjani, Founder and CEO, Bestcovery.com**
  • Nav Rahemtulla, Partner, Ares Management
  • Julie Schoenfeld, President and CEO, Perfect Market, Inc.
  • Mark Stagen, Founder and CEO, Emerald Health Services**

*Prior Award Recipient
** Prior Award Recipient and National Finalist

“The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® judges are amazing, accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders in their own right,” said Brian Ring, Program Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year®  program in the Greater Los Angeles Area.  “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. 

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 award winners in the Greater Los Angeles Area announced

Los Angeles, CA – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Greater Los Angeles Area.  This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders.  The winners were revealed at a gala event on June 22, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton.

“Ernst & Young believes in the power of entrepreneurship,” said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Greater Los Angeles Area.  “These Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners are best in class, and we are proud to honor their outstanding success.”

The Greater Los Angeles Area winners for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

  • Adam Bernhard, CEO, HauteLook, Los Angeles
  • Alfred Kuehlewind, CEO, Commodity Forwarders, Inc., Los Angeles
  • Greg Waldorf, CEO, eHarmony, Inc., Pasadena
  • Mike Fiore, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Vantage Oncology, Inc., Manhattan Beach
  • Mike Towbes, Chairman of the Board, Montecito Bank & Trust and The Towbes Group, Inc., Santa Barbara
  • Robert Friedman, Co-Chairman & CEO, Summit Entertainment, LLC, Santa Monica

The Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November.  Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year® award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level.  The overall national US winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in June. 

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award semi-finalists in the Greater Los Angeles Area announced

Los Angeles, CA – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Greater Los Angeles Area. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders. Finalists will be announced in May, with the winners revealed at a gala event on Tuesday, June 22, at the Beverly Hilton.

“For the past 24 years, Ernst & Young has honored the best entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneur Of The Year program,” said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Greater Los Angeles Area. “We recognize the tremendous impact these entrepreneurs have in the Greater Los Angeles Area. They are truly on the forefront of the economic recovery.”

The Greater Los Angeles Area semi-finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

Zarik Megerdichian, CEO, 4Over, Inc.
Therese Tucker, CEO, Blackline Systems
John Rudolph, CEO, Bug Music, Inc.
Daniel Sanker, President & CEO, CaseStack
Isaac Garcia, CEO & Co-Founder, Central Desktop Inc.
Stuart Ellis, President & CEO, Charter School Capital
Alfred Kuehlewind, CEO, Commodity Forwarders, Inc.
Sara Naghedi , President and Fatemeh Mahdavi, Designer, Deux Lux, Inc.
Ronald Miller, Managing Director, Disability Group, Inc.
Mark Cave, CEO, eBridge, Inc.
Greg Waldorf, CEO, eHarmony, Inc.
Aaron Broder, CEO and Brian Fitzgerald, President, Evolve Media
Mark Albarian, President & CEO, Goldline International, Inc.
Jason Meugniot, CEO & Owner, Guidance Solutions
Adam Bernhard, CEO, HauteLook
Saskia Strick, CEO & President, International Checkout, Inc.
Noah Rowles, CEO & Founder, iolo technologies, LLC
John Suh, CEO, LegalZoom, Inc.
Nick Mehta, CEO, LiveOffice LLC
Alan Zafran, Partner, Luminous Capital
David Rivero, President and Gary McNelly,Vice President, Market Health, Inc.
Mike Towbes, Chairman of the Board, Montecito Bank & Trust and The Towbes Group, Inc.
Lyndon Faulkner, President & CEO, Pelican Products, Inc.
Josh Meyers, CEO, People Media
Fash Majoor, President & CEO, Phenomenex, Inc.
Leon Farahnik, Chairman, PWP Industries
Ravi Sawhney, Founder & CEO, RKS Design, Inc
Robert Friedman, Co-Chairman & CEO, Summit Entertainment, LLC
Dan Batrack, Chairman & CEO, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Mike Malin, Co-Owner and Lonnie Moore, Co-Owner, The Dolce Group
Phil Knowles, CEO, Topaz Distribution, LLC
Trina Turk, CEO, L2t ( Trina Turk)
Mike Fiore, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Vantage Oncology, Inc
Scott Painter, CEO & Founder, Zag.com, Inc.

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