EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Greater Los Angeles Awards semifinalists

EY today announced semifinalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Greater Los Angeles program. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes innovative trailblazers in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The semifinalists listed below were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 60 business leaders nominated. Finalists will be announced May 8, and winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards gala on Thursday, June 15 hosted by FOX 11 News anchor Christine Devine at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Semifinalists:

• 24Hr HomeCare | David Allerby, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tyner Brenneman-Slay, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, and Ryan Iwamoto, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Berkley International | Eric Berkley, Co-Founder and President, and Jeff Berkley, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Carson, CA
• Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Inc. | Ashley Morris, Chief Executive Officer, and Jason Smylie, President | Las Vegas, Nevada
• Chef’d | Kyle Ransford, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | El Segundo, California
• Cherokee Global Brands | Henry Ian Stupp, Chief Executive Officer | Sherman Oaks, California
• Chrome River Technologies, Inc. | Alan Rich, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Clipper Corporation | Lina Hu, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | Carson, California
• Cloudbreak Health, LLC | Jamey Edwards, Chief Executive Officer | El Segundo, California
• Coolhaus | Natasha Case, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Culver City, California
• Cypress Creek Renewables | Matt McGovern, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Mike Cohen, Co-Founder and President | Santa Monica, California
• DECO Lighting | Benjamin Pouladian, President, and Sam Sinai, Chief Executive Officer | Commerce, California
• Direct Relief | Thomas Tighe, President and Chief Executive Officer | Goleta, California
• Evite | Victor Cho, Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• FabFitFun | Daniel Asher Broukhim, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Michael Barouch Broukhim, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Katie Rosen Kitchens, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief | Los Angeles, California
• Factual | Gil Elbaz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• FreedomPop | Stephen Stokols, Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Gelt, Inc. | Keith Wasserman, Founder and President | Tarzana, California
• HATCHBEAUTY Products, LLC. | Tracy Holland, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles, California
• Hawthorne | Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Chief Executive Officer and Owner | Los Angeles, California
• Imprenta Communications Group | Ron W. Wong, President and Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• inMarket | Todd Dipaola, Chief Executive Officer | Venice, California
• Inspire Energy Holdings LLC | Patrick Maloney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Santa Monica, California
• KabaFusion | Dr. Sohail Masood, President and Chief Executive Officer | Cerritos, California
• Los York | Dex Deboree, Co-Founder, and Seth Epstein, Co-Founder | Santa Monica, California
• Micro Quality Labs Inc. | Karine Aylozyan, Chief Executive Officer and Q.A. Technical Director | Burbank, California
• Omaze | Ryan Cummins, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Matt Pohlson, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Render Media | Vic Belonogoff, Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Ross Organic | Stephanie Leshney, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Erin Coulter, Chief Operating Officer | Santa Fe Springs, California
• ServiceTitan | Ara Mahdessian, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Glendale, California
• SmartyPants Vitamins | Gordon Gould, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Courtney Nichols Gould, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer | Marina del Rey, California
• Soothe Inc. | Merlin Kauffman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder | Hollywood, California
• StackCommerce | Josh Payne | Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Venice, California
• TaskUs | Bryce Maddock, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Jaspar Weir, Co-Founder and President | Santa Monica, California
• The Agency | Billy Rose, President, and Mauricio Umansky, Chief Executive Officer | Beverly Hills, California
• The Bouqs Company | John Tabis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Marina del Rey, California
• The Camp Transformation Center | Dr. Sam Bakhtiar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, and Alejandra Font, Co-Founder and Partner | Los Angeles, California
• The Mobile Majority | Rob Jonathan Emrich, Chief Executive Officer | Santa Monica, California
• TrackR | Chris Herbert, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Christian Johan Smith, Co-Founder and President | Santa Barbara, California
• Xencor Inc. | Bassil Dahiyat, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President | Monrovia, California
• Yamibuy | Alex Zhou, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | City of Industry, California

Olmstead Williams Communications is a proud sponsor of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. To learn more about the Greater Los Angeles program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. Join the conversation on social media by following @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYGLA.

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , |

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 ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Feel free to email eoygla@ey.com with any questions.

Join the conversation on social media by following EY @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYGLA

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

Calling All Entrepreneurs | eNews from OWC

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a real competition, so everyone can't win. But there are many other benefits for competing companies and their leaders. Pictured are award recipients in Greater Los Angeles as revealed last year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a real competition, so everyone can’t win. But there are many other benefits for competing companies and their leaders. Pictured are award recipients in Greater Los Angeles as revealed last year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

What sets entrepreneurs apart from the pack? They like to compete. They’re in a hurry and they’re always only halfway there. To get above the crowd, they stick their necks out. And when opportunity knocks, they open the door.

That describes just about every winner in the 30-year history of EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders.

This year, our firm is proud to be a sponsor of the 30th anniversary program in Greater Los Angeles.

How does an entrepreneur get recognized?

It’s simple: self-nominate or nominate another worthy entrepreneur.

Many of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year participants are nominated by proud colleagues, their vendors, or any admirer who thinks recognition is due. Entrepreneurs can also self-nominate. There’s no fee to enter, just a simple application the entrepreneur fills out.

It’s a real competition, so everyone can’t win. But there are many other benefits for companies and their founders and leaders, from raising awareness among customers and investors to igniting pride among employees and board members.

Ways to take advantage of the program benefits 

Entering the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program is a great public relations strategy for any company, whether you win the prize or not. Here’s how to take advantage once you’re nominated:

  • Publish a press release announcing success at each stage of the competition — semi-finalist, finalist, regional winner, national finalist and national winner. Distribute each release through a major wire service such as PRNewswire or Business Wire to increase your company’s visibility online.
  • Post updates on your company’s website, share across all social media channels, and encourage employees to add details each step of the way to their LinkedIn profiles and email signature lines to truly celebrate the whole team. You’ll boost employee morale and highlight company culture for all to see.
  • Attend all award-related events to network and build relationships with other semi-finalists, judges, past winners, sponsors and influential media for business development/partnership opportunities.
  • Distribute photos and award status updates through your company’s e-newsletter to customers, prospects and key business partners to showcase the validation from other business leaders.

Have you nominated yourself or another worthy entrepreneur yet? Visit www.ey.com/us/eoy for more details on eligibility and deadlines. Give us a call to brainstorm additional ways to promote your company.

Finalists Jaspar Weir and Bryce Maddock of TaskUs being interviewed at the awards gala in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015.

Finalists Jaspar Weir and Bryce Maddock of TaskUs being interviewed at the awards gala in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015.

Nominate a game-changing entrepreneur for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards now

Applications are now open for the 30th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Greater Los Angeles. Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year honors successful entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries around the world. For the past 30 years, EY has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing business leaders and celebrating three decades of American ingenuity. Prior winners from Greater Los Angeles include Jessica Alba, Brian Lee, Christopher Gavigan and Sean Kane, The Honest Company; 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.

To access the application and find out more about the program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. The deadline for 2016 applications is Friday, March 11.

Join the conversation on social media by following @EOY_GLA and using #EOYGLA. You can follow the global program @EY_EOY.

 

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January 21st, 2016|Categories: eNewsletter, OWC News|Tags: , , , , , |