April 24, 2013 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the Southeast, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The prestigious award 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 a pool of 90 nominations. The 90 Southeast applicants employ more than 42,000 people in the workforce, and report more than $8.5 billion in annual sales. Notably, Southeast finalists represent 79 percent of the employee total and 82 percent of the revenues reported.
Award recipients will be announced at a gala on June 6 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.
The finalists are:
“This outstanding list of finalists brings a great deal of enthusiasm to our Southeast program this year,” said Connie Austin, Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year Partner. “Their dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship, with a strong focus on their communities, clearly demonstrates the increasingly important role entrepreneurs play in the business world. We are lucky to have them represent our region in this global award program, and thrilled to highlight their successes and incredible stories of turning a vision into a reality.”
The judges for the 2013 program are:
Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Southeast, regional sponsors include King & Spalding LLP, Merrill Datasite, PNC and Vaco.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
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