From left to right: Rick Haux,Mor Furniture For Less Inc.; Peter Martini and Paul Martini, iboss Network Security; Mike Grey, Lumena Pharmaceuticals; Ted Schroeder, Cadence Pharmaceuticals; Kathleen Sellick, Rady Children’s Hospital; and Sean Gailey, J!NX.
EY announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego.
The winners are:
Paul Martini, CEO & CTO and Peter Martini, President & COO, iboss Network Security, San Diego
- Consumer Services
Sean Gailey, President & Co-Founder, J!NX, Poway
Mike Grey, President & CEO, Lumena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
- Life Science
Ted Schroeder, President & CEO, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
- Family Business
Rick Haux, President & CEO, Mor Furniture For Less, Inc., San Diego
- Social Responsibility (non-profit)
Kathleen Sellick, President & CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
The winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Greater Los Angeles award were announced in LA at a 700 person black-tie event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The winners are:
- Retail & Investment Services
Curacao – Jerry Azarkman, Co-Founder
EdgeCast Networks – Alex Kazerani, Chairman & CEO, and James Segil, President
- Distribution & Manufacturing
ENI-JR286, Inc. – Jonathan Scott Hirshberg, President & CEO
- Retail & Consumer Products
Fuhu, Inc. – Robb Fujioka, Founder & President, and Jim Mitchell, CEO
The Honest Company – Jessica Alba, Co-Founder & President, Christopher Gavigan, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Sean Kane, Co-Founder & COO, Brian Lee, Co-Founder & CEO
Prodege, LLC/Swagbucks – Josef Gorowitz, CEO
- Business Services
Stamps.com – Ken McBride, Chairman & CEO
- Consumer Services
TrueCar, Inc. – Scott Painter, Founder & CEO
See a photo of the winners in the Los Angeles Business Journal:
L.A. Business Seen: Los Angeles business events
This past year, the Los Angeles finalists and award recipients (many pictured above) were selected by a panel of independent judges and honored at a gala event with over 700 entrepreneurs and business leaders at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors the outstanding entrepreneurial leaders who inspire others with their passion, vision and achievement. Applications are due by Friday, March 14, 2014 at https://eoy-nomination.ey.com.
Anyone can submit a nomination, and it only take a few minutes.
To be eligible to receive an award, the nominee must be an owner or manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management for at least two years. In addition, the company must be at least three years old.
Nominees are evaluated by an independent panel of judges. The judges are past winners and business and community leaders. The judges review each nominee based on the following criteria:
- Vision: creating or improving a business concept and implementing it effectively
- Leadership: demonstrating the focus and strength of character that enable an entrepreneur to move forward — and inspire a team to do the same — despite skeptics and obstacles
- Achievement: driving business success by going beyond developing an idea to continual innovation in order to generate new ideas
- Social responsibility: knowing that commitment and responsibility aren’t confined to business and leveraging energies and resources to give back to the community
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) with EY’s Michael Kacsmar (left) and Joe Muscat (right) at the kickoff event in the Bradley Tower at City Hall
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti teamed with Ernst & Young partners Patrick Niemann, April Spencer, Brian Ring and Michael Kacsmar today to kick off the LA competition for the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Past award recipients, future nominees, program sponsors, judges and other business leaders joined Mayor Garcetti and EY professionals in the Bradley Tower at City Hall.
“Los Angeles is a city of innovation, and the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes businesses that develop cutting edge products and services that improve our lives and create much needed jobs both here in our city and across our state and country,” said Mayor Garcetti.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates game-changing leaders around the world who found, strengthen or transform successful enterprises. The regional award recognizes entrepreneurs who stimulate the economy by creating high-growth businesses and jobs in Los Angeles. The 2013 Greater Los Angeles area finalists created over 10,000 jobs, increased their workforce by 20 percent and grew their revenues by 53 percent since 2010.
Each year, EY honors successful entrepreneurs in more than 150 cities in over 60 countries. In the United States, Ernst & Young LLP received more than 1,600 nominations for the 2013 program.
Jeff Grabow leads Ernst & Young’s VC efforts on the West Coast.
The venture captial environment isn’t what it used to be. Guess what? That’s not a bad thing. VC has evolved to include more than just start-up companies and understanding the key trends in that evolution can be critical to getting your company funded, writes Jeff Grabow in an article for socalTECH.com. Grabow, a partner at Ernst & Young leads the firm’s VC efforts on the West Coast.
One thing hasn’t changed: A healthy exit environment is needed to for the entire ecosystem to work. We’re now seeing strong IPOs driving some VC returns, according to Grabow. The more VC returns increase, the more capital will be available for the next great generation of interesting companies with great ideas.
From left, Angela Milano, Kelvin Keith, Michael Flood, Richard Fung and David Lipschutz with the proclamation from Mayor Eric Garcetti declaring Sept. 27 “EY Day in Los Angeles.” The five joined more than 170 EY accountants and other professionals who volunteered at the LA Regional Food Bank during “EY Connect Day.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a proclamation recognizing today as “EY Day in Los Angeles” as more than 700 hundred accountants and other professionals left their spreadsheets at the office to volunteer throughout the community. It’s all part of the firm’s national “EY Connect Day” which gives employees nationwide the day off so that they might give back to their communities.
Among the “EY Connect Day” projects this year, thirty firm volunteers worked with the United Way and YWCA to provide coaching on interviewing techniques to Job Corps students, conduct mock job interviews, offer resume feedback and assist with financial education classes.
Building on last year’s project where EY volunteers established a lending library at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles, this year’s volunteers catalogued, labeled and shelved an additional 1,000 books for the club’s collection, as well as removed books the club no longer needed. The project has enabled club members to read over 500 books in the past year.
Other organizations with “EY Connect Day” projects in Los Angeles this year included the California Science Center, Habit for Humanity, a number of food banks and numerous others.
Pamela Mizuno in Costa Rica
Now in its fifth year in Costa Rica, the EY-Earthwatch Ambassadors program sent Pamela Mizuno and her fellow volunteers to Santa María de Dota and San Marcos de Tarrazú in the country’s Tarrazú/Los Santos coffee region.
The 10 ambassadors worked with a 2,600-member coffee farming cooperative, conducting field research and collecting data to help understand the practices that lead to optimum and sustainable coffee production.
“One of my concentrations within international relations was international political economy,” Mizuno, a 2010 University of Southern California graduate, said in an interview with USC Dornsife. “This gave me a framework to understand and appreciate how the co-op strategically implemented practices related to supply and demand and fair trade. It was a real life case study for me.”
Ernst & Young LLP has announced 39 major promotions and three new additions across eight offices in the West, including 18 partners:
- Chris Raimondo – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Sandra Burns – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Paul Chen – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Glen Day – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Deep Ghumman – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Dorian Redding – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Marc Roberts – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Timothy Teagle – Promoted to principal from director.
- Edith Yavarian – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Patrick Hynes – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Sherri Kelly – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Debbie Lew – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Glenn Walsh – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Mark Montoya – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Ayan Roy – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Lee Welborn – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Shekhar Mahadevan – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Judson Quiggle – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Brian Eggert – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Anne Freden – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Javier Garcia – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Matthew Hatch – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Jackie Pan – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
- Barak Ravid – Promoted to principal from executive director.
- Mazhar Wani – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Rick Berge – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Mark Doyle – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Maria Joseph – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Michael Winter – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Wendy Drummond Craig – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Tatyana Kovalchuk – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Ye Wang – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Irine Dibowitz – Promoted to executive director from senior manager.
- Ame Cruz Ponce – Promoted to director from associate director.
- Sue Borgman – Joined as a principal from the firm’s San Jose office.
- Doug Sirotta – Joined as a partner from a regional accounting firm where he managed its San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles offices and served as the national leader for tax.
- Matthew Stover – Rejoined as a partner from eBay Inc. where he spent the last year as the company’s director of accounting.
- Oren Lang-Furr – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Matthew Rundorff – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Chad Miller – Promoted to partner from senior manager.
- Catherine Banks – Promoted to director from associate director.
- Scott Gelber – Promoted to principal from senior manager.
A new segment called “Growing Our Economy” on KTTV FOX 11 in Los Angeles focuses on what local business leaders are seeing and saying about jobs. Among those featured so far by Christine Devine are:
- Brian Ring, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (EOY) program director, in a piece titled “LA’s Best In Business” (July 9);
- Kamran Pourzanjani, an entrepreneur and long-time EOY judge, “An Entrepreneur’s Opinion” (July 16); and
- Martha de la Torre and Joe Badame, EOY finalists who built El Clasificado into the largest free Spanish publication in the country, “El Clasificado” (July 17).
Devine, who has 16 Emmys, hosted the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards last month at a 700-person gala held at the Beverly Hilton.
The An Family, of fourth generation family-owned business House of An, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Family Business Award of Excellence. From left to right: Monique An, Jacqueline An, Catherine An, Helene An, Hannah An and Elizabeth An.
Ernst & Young announced the Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 award recipients in Greater Los Angeles at a gala event Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The winners are:
- Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO, The Act 1 Group – Torrance, Calif.
- Clarence Daniels Jr., Chairman & CEO, Concession Management Services, Inc. – Los Angeles, Calif.
- Sam Naficy, President & CEO, DTT – Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jeff Stibel, Chairman & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. – Malibu, Calif.
- The An Family, Managing Partners and Executive Chef, House of An – Beverly Hills, Calif.
- Bob Sinnott, CEO, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. – Los Angeles, Calif.
- Moctesuma Esparza, CEO, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc – Los Angeles, Calif.
Collectively, the award recipients have created over 1,100 jobs over the past two years. On average, they have increased their workforce by 40 percent and have grown their revenues by 42 percent between 2010 and 2012.