Ernst & Young announces finalists for the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Orange County

IRVINE, CA, May 8 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced the 15 finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Awards in Orange County. 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. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than70 nominations. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Niguel.

The finalists are:

  • Charles Dunlop, CEO - Ambry Genetics, Aliso Viejo
  • Mike Morhaime, CEO, President and Co-Founder - Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Irvine
  • Alessandro Pirozzi, Owner and Chef - Cucina Alessa, Newport Beach
  • Heidi Golledge, CEO and President - CyberCoders, Irvine
  • Jonathan Ord, CEO - DealerSocket, Inc., San Clemente
  • Jim McCluney, CEO - Emulex, Costa Mesa
  • Bill Duehring, President - Felt Racing, LLC, Irvine
  • Andy Fathollahi, CEO - Incipio, Irvine 
  • John Raymont, Founder, CEO and President - Kurion, Inc., Irvine 
  • Michael Manclark, CEO - Leading Edge Aviation, Costa Mesa
  • Dan Merkle, Chairman and CEO - Lexipol, LLC, Aliso Viejo
  • Joe Kiani, Chairman and CEO - Masimo Corp., Irvine 
  • Gary Jabara, CEO and President - Mobilitie, LLC, Newport Beach
  • Jeff Walker, President - Super D, Costa Mesa
  • David Kim & Jerome Fink, Co-Founders & Managing Partners - The Bascom Group, Irvine

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2012. The awards will be the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Orange County, sponsors include: Stradling, Marsh, Union Bank, ADP, Scherzer Intl., Smart Business, HKA, Inc PR, and Strategic Equity Group.

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About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. The unique awards program makes a difference through the 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, 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 more than 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
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