Ernst & Young Announces the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards 2012 Independent Judging Panel and Extended Submission Deadline for San Diego

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Judging panel made up of local business and community leaders - 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 March 23, 2012.

“Our panel of 14 judges includes a diverse group of professionals that span a variety of industries – many of them entrepreneurs in their own right,” said Dan Kleeburg, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in San Diego.

Ernst & Young LLP announced today the 2012 independent judging panel for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program in San Diego. The panel, which selects the regional Entrepreneur Of The Year award finalists and winners, is made up of local business leaders, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors. This year’s award winners will be announced at the Hyatt Aventine, La Jolla on June 13, 2012.

The judges are:

  •     Alan Gold, Chairman & CEO, BioMed Realty Trust - 2008 San Diego Winner & 2008 National Winner
  •     Andrew Clark, President & CEO, Bridgepoint Education - 2008 San Diego Winner
  •     David Kabakoff, Executive Partner, Sofinnova Ventures
  •     Ernest Rady, Director & Chairman, American Assets - 2009 San Diego Winner & 2009 National Winner
  •     Gail Naughton, Chairman & CEO, Histogen, Inc.
  •     Garry Ridge, President & CEO, WD-40 Company, 2006 San Diego Winner
  •     Gary Sabin, Chairman & CEO, Excel Trust - 1998 San Diego Winner
  •     Jason Levin, President, Dos Gringos - 2011 San Diego Winner
  •     Magda Marquet, Founder & Co-Chair, Althea Technologies - 2005 San Diego Winner
  •     Mark Dankberg, Chairman & CEO, ViaSat - 2000 San Diego Winner
  •     Peter Farrell, Chairman & CEO, ResMed - 1998 San Diego Winner & 2005 National Winner
  •     Polina Braunstein, President & CEO, Quake Global - 2009 San Diego Winner
  •     Russ Mann, CEO, Covario - 2010 San Diego Winner
  •     Tina Nova, President, Genoptix - 2007 San Diego Winner

“Our panel of 14 judges includes a diverse group of professionals that span a variety of industries – many of them entrepreneurs in their own right,” said Dan Kleeburg, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in San Diego. “Many have won the Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the past and understand what it takes to be an innovator and an entrepreneur especially in a challenging economy.”

Now in its 26th year, the Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

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 March 23, 2012.

Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old.
Information is also available at http://www.ey.com/us/eoy. For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in San Diego, please visit http://www.ey.com/us/eoy/sandiego.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In the Pacific Northwest, local sponsors include ADP, Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Cox Business, Scherzer International, The Daily Transcript, and Citrus PR.

Contact Information
For more information and nomination forms contact: Kathy Beckman, Program Manager, Entrepreneur Of The Year San Diego Awards, at 949 437 0236 or kathy.beckman@ey.com. Information is also available at http://www.ey.com/us/eoy/sandiego.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 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.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit http://www.ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a US client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.

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