Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee Announce 2009 Independent Judging Panel

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee announce 2009 independent judging panel

For the past 23 years, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program has recognized outstanding business leaders in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee and throughout the nation

The Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards today announced the 2009 independent judging panel for Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee. The panel, which selects the regional Entrepreneur Of The Year® award finalists and winners, is made up of leaders from local businesses, academic institutions and civic organizations. This year's award winners will be announced at the InterContinental Buckhead on June 25, 2009.

The judges are:

  • Robert Baron, Chairman, President, CEO, Baron Group of Companies
  • Jerry Bostelman, Partner, VACO
  • William W. Brooke, Managing Partner, Harbert Venture Partners
  • Roderick A. Dowling, Chairman, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
  • Mitch Free, Founder & CEO, MFG.com
  • Rod Laughlin, President & CEO, Regency Hospital Company
  • C. David Moody, Jr., President, C.D. Moody Construction
  • Karen Robinson Cope, Managing Director, Atlanta Technology Advisers
  • Joseph Sansone, Chairman & CEO, Pediatria HealthCare
  • Deborah F.Spake, Associate Dean, Mitchell College of Business

"For the past 23 years, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program has recognized outstanding business leaders in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee and throughout the nation," said Joseph A. King. "These judges are the heart and soul of the program."

Awards Criteria
Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. Application forms must be received by April 3, 2009.

To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be an owner/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. Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least two years old.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee, local sponsors include Bowne, King & Spalding and SMART Business Magazine.

Contact Information
For more information and nomination forms contact: Taylor Van Acker, Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee Awards, at 404-817-5275. Information is also available at http://www.ey.com/us/eoy.

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 award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 135,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

For more information, please visit http://www.ey.com.

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