Caruso receives Master Entrepreneur of Year Award (AUDIO)

Rick J. Caruso, Founder & CEO, Caruso Affiliated

Rick J. Caruso, Founder & CEO, Caruso Affiliated, received the 2012 Master Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for Greater Los Angeles from Ernst & Young, recognizing his entrepreneurial excellence and philanthropy at a gala Tuesday night at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

With this award, Caruso joins the ranks of past winners Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Alfred E. Mann, James Power and John E. Anderson.

KNX 1070 Radio’s Frank Mottek interviews Caruso about the award on the Business Hour:

Entrepreneur of the Year winners for LA

Ernst & Young announced the winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in greater Los Angeles at a gala Tuesday night at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The winners are:

  • Jeffrey Clark, President & CEO, Anthony International
  • David Overton, Chairman & CEO, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
  • Jon Kirchner, Chairman & CEO, DTS, Inc.
  • Simon Bax, CEO, and Bill Tillson, President & COO, Encompass Digital Media, Inc.
  • Sunnie Kim, President & CEO, Hana Financial, Inc.
  • Bob Brisco, CEO & Director, Internet Brands
  • Peter Dameris, President & CEO, On Assignment, Inc.

“Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past 26 years,” said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program Director for Greater Los Angeles. “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

EOY nominees in West grew revenue by 51 percent

A recent study conducted by Ernst & Young  and reported by The Orange County Register shows the 508 nominees competing in the six Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 programs in the West – California, Utah, Washington and Oregon – grew their companies’ combined revenue by 51 percent, generating $30 billion in combined revenue between 2009 and 2011. This rate of growth was 25 percent higher than that of the average Entrepreneur of the Year nominee nationwide.

“Fifty one percent revenue growth among companies these nominees founded or lead really speaks to their willingness to innovate, which is driving the economy in the West. These entrepreneurs are creating new industries – from social networking to cleantech to gene sequencing – and changing the fabric of existing industries. This is further proof that entrepreneurs are critical to job recovery, especially in the West,” said Joe Muscat, partner and West Strategic Growth Markets Leader at Ernst & Young LLP.

Ernst & Young finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year in LA

Ernst & Young announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the Greater Los Angeles Region. The 21 finalists grew their company’s sales over 36 percent from 2009 to 2011 and created jobs at a rate of 45 percent over that same period, a direct contribution to Southern California’s economic recovery.

With almost $196 million in cumulative average sales in 2011, these companies also supported state and local governments through state and other local taxes. Award winners will be announced at a gala on June 19 at the Beverly Hills Hilton. These business leaders were selected from nearly 90 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Jeffrey R. Clark, President & CEO, Anthony International
  • Linda Reyes Stone, President & CEO, APR Consulting, Inc.
  • David William Hagan, President & CEO, Boingo Wireless, Inc.
  • James Cameron, Co-Chairman and Vince Pace, Co-Chairman, Cameron Pace Group
  • David Overton, Chairman & CEO, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
  • Jon E. Kirchner, Chairman & CEO, DTS, Inc.
  • Jeff Stibel, Chairman & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
  • Alex Kazerani, Chairman & CEO, and James Segil, President, EdgeCast Networks
  • Simon Bax, CEO, and Bill Tillson, President & COO, Encompass Digital Media, Inc.
  • Aaron Broder, CEO & Co-Founder, and Brian Fitzgerald, President & Co-Founder, Evolve Media
  • Emelio Castaneda, President, Field Fresh Foods, Inc.
  • Sunnie S. Kim, President & CEO, Hana Financial, Inc.
  • Philip Cummins and Lee Maen, Partners, Innovative Dining Group
  • Bob Brisco, Director & CEO, Internet Brands
  • Cesar Garcia, President, Chairman & CEO, Iris International, Inc.
  • Alan Zafran, Partner, Luminous Capital
  • Allen DeBevoise, Chairman & CEO, Machinima, Inc.
  • Michael Sheldon, President & CEO, Network Hardware Resale, LLC
  • Peter Dameris, President & CEO, On Assignment, Inc.
  • Josef Gorowitz, CEO, Prodege, LLC
  • Nathaniel J. Victor, CEO, Sonic Electronix, Inc.

Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur of the Year finalists for Orange County

Sixteen Orange County entrepreneurs are finalists in the local Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for 2012. Now in its 26th year, the award program honors entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success for innovation and financial performance in their companies. More than 70 people were nominated this year, according to the OC Register.

Orange County finalists are:

  • Charles Dunlop, chief executive, Ambry Genetics, Irvine
  • Mike Morhaime, chief executive, president and co-founder, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Irvine
  • Alessandro Pirozzi, owner and chef, Cucina Alessa, Newport Beach
  • Heidi Golledge, chief executive and president, CyberCoders, Irvine
  • Jonathan Ord, chief executive, DealerSocket, Inc., San Clemente
  • Jim McCluney, chief executive, Emulex, Costa Mesa
  • Bill Duehring, president, Felt Racing, LLC, Irvine
  • Andy Fathollahi, chief executive, Incipio, Irvine
  • John Raymont, founder, chief executive and president, Kurion, Inc., Irvine
  • Michael Manclark, chief executive, Leading Edge Aviation, Costa Mesa
  • Dan Merkle, chairman and chief executive, Lexipol, LLC, Aliso Viejo
  • Joe Kiani, chairman and chief executive, Masimo Corp., Irvine
  • Gary Jabara, chief executive and president,- Mobilitie, LLC, Newport Beach
  • Jeff Walker, president, Super D, Irvine
  • David Kim and Jerome Fink, co-founders and managing partners, The Bascom Group, Irvine

Rick Caruso to Receive the 2012 Master Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Greater Los Angeles

Ernst & Young recently announced that Los Angeles developer and businessman Rick J. Caruso will receive the 2012 Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles. With this award, Caruso joins the ranks of past Master Entrepreneur of the Year winners Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Alfred E. Mann, James Power and John E. Anderson. Caruso will receive this prestigious award during the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala in at the Beverly Hills Hilton on June 19, 2012.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program celebrates entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and       extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. In 2011 alone, the EOY nominees from Los Angeles employed 28,000 people and generated more than $10 billion in annual revenue.

EY announces EOY finalists in Pacific Northwest

Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the Pacific Northwest. 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.

Award winners will be announced at a gala on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Wash.

The finalists are:

  • Chris Ulum, Agilx Corporation, Oregon
  • Kamyar Moinzadeh, Airbiquity, Washington
  • Sunny Gupta, Apptio, Washington
  • Brandon Dawson, Audigy Group, Washington
  • Amy Tyksen, BendBroadband, Oregon
  • Craig Bramscher, Brammo, Oregon
  • Donald Howard, MD, PhD, CellNetix Pathology, Washington
  • Jay Haladay, Coaxis, Oregon
  • Marc Barros, Contour, Washington
  • Dave Shaffer, DePaul Industries, Oregon
  • Greg Enell, Double Down Interactive, Washington
  • Christina Lethean, Gesa Credit Union, Washington
  • Ocean Yuan, Grape Solar, Oregon
  • Josh Neblett, GreenCupboards, Washington
  • Sandra Green, n-Link Corporation, Oregon
  • Clay Siegall, PhD, Seattle Genetics, Washington
  • Paul Fichter, Taphandles, Washington
  • Darryl Rawlings, Trupanion, Washington

 

Ernst & Young announces semifinalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year in LA

Ernst & Young LLP has announced the 32 semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the Greater Los Angeles area. Ernst & Young‘s awards program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

The semifinalists are:

  • Daniel Yomtobian, Founder & CEO, Advertise.com
  • Mike Zhang, CEO, Airsoft Megastore
  • Ernesto Gutierrez, President & CEO, Allied Industries, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Clark, President & CEO, Anthony International
  • Linda Stone, President & CEO, APR Consulting, Inc.
  • David Hagan, President & CEO, Boingo Wireless, Inc.
  • Michael Burdiek, President & CEO, CalAmp Corp.
  • James Cameron, Co-Chairman and Vince Pace, Co-Chairman,
    Cameron Pace Group
  • David Overton, Chairman & CEO, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
  • Justin Choi, President & CEO, Cie Digital Labs
  • Andrew Puzder, CEO, CKE Restaurants, Inc.
  • David Malone, President & CEO, Community Bank
  • Alex Bouzari, CEO and Co-Founder, DataDirect Networks (DDN)
  • Ronald Miller, Managing Director, Disability Group, Inc.
  • Jon Kirchner, Chairman & CEO, DTS, Inc.
  • Jeff Stibel, Chairman & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
  • Alex Kazerani, Chairman & CE and James Segil, President, EdgeCast Networks
  • Simon Bax, CEO, and Bill Tillson, President & COO, Encompass Digital Media, Inc.
  • Aaron Broder, CEO & Co-Founder and Brian Fitzgerald, President & Co-Founder, Evolve Media Corp.
  • Dan Engel, CEO & Co-Founder, FastSpring
  • Patricia Watts, President & CEO, FCI Management Consultants
  • Emelio Castaneda, President, Field Fresh Foods, Inc.
  • Sunnie Kim, President & CEO, Hana Financial, Inc.
  • Philip Cummins  and Lee Maen, Partners, Innovative Dining Group
  • Saskia Chiesa, President & CEO, International Checkout Inc.
  • Bob Brisco, CEO & Director, Internet Brands
  • Cesar Garcia, President, Chairman & CEO, Iris International, Inc.
  • Eduard Jaeger, Founder & Head of Business Development  and Scott Jarus, Chairman & CEO, Ironclad Performance Wear
  • Alan Zafran, Partner, Luminous Capital
  • Allen DeBevoise, Chairman & CEO, Machinima, Inc.
  • Pervez Pyarali Delawalla, CEO, Net2EZ Managed Data Centers, Inc.
  • Michael Sheldon, President & CEO, Network Hardware Resale, LLC
  • Peter Dameris, President & CEO, On Assignment, Inc.
  • Tim Cadogan, CEO, OpenX
  • Josh Meyers, CEO, People Media
  • Josef Gorowitz, CEO, Prodege, LLC
  • Amar Shokeen, President & CEO, RJT Compuquest, Inc.
  • Loren Bendele, CEO, Savings.com
  • John C. Spesak, President & CEO, Security Industry Specialists, Inc.
  • Nathaniel J. Victor, CEO, Sonic Electronix, Inc.
  • Jack Evans, Jr., CEO, Total Airport Services, Inc.
  • Rick Eiserman, CEO, Trailer Park
  • Randy Bishop, CEO, and Ken Button, President, Verengo Solar Plus

Ernst & Young announces semifinalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year in Pacific Northwest

Ernst & Young LLP just announced the 32 semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the Pacific Northwest. Ernst & Young‘s awards program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

This year’s semifinalists are:

  • Chris Ulum, Agilyx (Oregon)
  • Kamyar Moinzadeh, Airbiquity (Washington)
  • Sunny Gupta, Apptio (Washington)
  • Brandon Dawson, Audigy Group, LLC (Washington)
  • Amy Tykeson, BendBroadband (Oregon)
  • Craig Bramscher, Brammo, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Donald Howard, MD, PhD, CellNetix Pathology PLLC (Washington)
  • Jacob Engelstein, Classic Accessories, Inc. (Washington)
  • Geoff Gilmore, Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Jay Haladay, Coaxis, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Marc Barros, Contour, Inc. (Washington)
  • Dave Shaffer, DePaul Industries (Oregon)
  • Greg Enell, Double Down Interactive (Washington)
  • Christina Lethlean, Gesa Credit Union (Washington)
  • Ocean Yuan, Grape Solar, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Josh Neblett, GreenCupboards (Washington)
  • Jeremy Ames and David Nilssen, Guidant Financial (Washington)
  • William Colleran, Impinj, Inc. (Washington)
  • Naveen Jain, Intelius (Washington)
  • Greg Pierson, iovation, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Sandra Green, n-Link Corporation (Oregon)
  • Glen Bertini, Novinium, Inc. (Washington)
  • Robert Harris, Jr., Pacific Market International, LLC (Washington)
  • Clay Siegall, PhD, Seattle Genetics (Washington)
  • Rand Fishkin, SEOmoz, (Washington)
  • Diana Friedman, Sesame Communications (Washington)
  • Stephen Marsh, Smarsh (Oregon)
  • Paul Fichter, Taphandles, LLC (Washington)
  • Darryl Rawlings, Trupanion (Washington)
  • David Madore, US Digital (Washington)
  • Vikram Chalana, Winshuttle, LLC (Washington)

These business leaders were selected from more than 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges and winners will be announced at a special gala at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.