Nominations now open for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

Olmstead Williams Communications is proud to be a sponsor for the 31st EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards. Nominations are now open throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Anyone can nominate any entrepreneur they admire or even self-nominate.

Now in its 31st year, Entrepreneur Of The Year honors successful entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries and remains one of the preeminent competitive awards in the world for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are part of EY’s work in identifying and supporting business leaders who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment.

Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 9,000 executives who were estimated to have created over 14 million jobs in 2015 alone, based on the recently released Harvard Business Review report, The Entrepreneur’s Purpose. Broken down further, the 2016 class of winners from Greater Los Angeles collectively created 2,200 jobs, increased their workforce by 33% and grew their revenues by 39% over the last two years.

The Greater Los Angeles program includes entrepreneurial leaders from as far north as San Luis Obispo and as far south as Long Beach and the border of Orange County. It also includes Las Vegas, Nevada, and Hawaii. Prior winners from Greater Los Angeles include John Kilroy, Kilroy Realty Corporation; Chris DeWolfe, SGN; David Overton, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated; Robert Friedman, Summit Entertainment LLC; Don W. Chang, Forever 21, Inc.; and Brandon J. Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot Games.

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges. The awards will be presented at a 750-person black-tie Awards Gala on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. This video highlights feedback from the 2016 finalists and winners and shares the excitement on stage at the Awards Gala.

Awards criteria and judging process

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. The nominee’s company must be at least two years old.  Entrepreneurs may self-nominate or they can be nominated by their peers or other business leaders. There is no fee to apply.

To access the application and find out more about the program, please visit The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Feel free to email with any questions.

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January 26th, 2017|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , , |

BEPS 101: What it is, how it was developed and what companies should be doing

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EY’s Michael Ferguson, CPA, CMA, and Tracy Fisher, CPA, were featured contributors for the October/November 2016 issue of the Oregon Society of CPA’s The Accountant. Ferguson is a partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s International Tax Services Group for the Pacific Northwest, while Fisher is a senior manager in the International Tax Services Group in the Ernst & Young Portland office.

“Global tax rules are changing, and changing rapidly,” write Ferguson and Fisher. “The final reports on the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action Plan have been released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) and endorsed by the G20. These reports recommend significant changes in international tax laws and treaties. Due to the unique global alignment on the matter, BEPS is the most comprehensive change in international taxation in history. To succeed in this new, riskier environment, it’s critical to know how BEPS will affect your organization.”

Read the full article: Understanding BEPS: The Basics (Oregon Society of CPA’s The Accountant)

October 18th, 2016|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , , |

5 Indian Americans honored as part of EY's Entrepreneur of the Year program

Five Indian Americans have received distinctions from the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program for their successful business ventures and growing operations, including Jyoti Bansal, whose company AppDynamics won in the technology category of the Entrepreneur of the Year program for the Northern California region.

AppDynamics is an application performance management and IT operations analytics company founded in 2008.

Read the full article: Five Indian Americans Among Regional ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year’ Winners (India West)

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June 30th, 2016|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , |

EY Announces Winners of The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Greater Los Angeles Awards

EY announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Greater Los Angeles on June 20th at a gala event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The winners were:EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Greater LA winner group photo

  • 9to5 Seating | Dara Mir, President | Hawthorne, CA | Manufacturing & Distribution category
  • Dollar Shave Club | Michael Dubin, Founder & CEO | Marina del Rey, CA | e-Commerce category
  •, Inc. | John Suh, CEO | Glendale, CA | Business Services category
  • MarketShare | Wes Nichols and Jon Vein, Co-Founders & Co-CEO | Los Angeles, CA | Technology category
  • NewMark Merrill Companies | Sandy Sigal, Founder, CEO & President | Woodland Hills, CA | Services category
  • Scopely | Walter Driver, Co-Founder & CEO | Culver City, CA | Consumer category
  • SteelHouse | Mark Douglas, Founder & CEO | Culver City, CA | Emerging category
  • SusieCakes | Susan Sarich, Founder & CEO | Santa Monica, CA | Hospitality category

“It’s pretty incredible knowing that EY has been celebrating entrepreneurs through this program for 30 years, but this is definitely just the beginning,” said April Spencer, Co-Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program in Greater Los Angeles.

Read the full release: EY Announces Winners of The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Greater Los Angeles Awards.

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |