Ernst & Young Announces Semifinalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2012 Award in San Diego

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Ernst & Young LLP today announced the 27 semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in San Diego.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards

"Reaching the semifinalist level is a recognized achievement," said Dan Kleeburg, Director of the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in San Diego. "We're honored to have such an esteemed roster representing San Diego's finest businesses."

Ernst & Young LLP today announced the 27 semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in San Diego. 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 from nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 13, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Aventine in La Jolla, CA.

The semifinalists are:
Jon Sundt, CEO - Altegris Investments, Inc.
Susan Salka, CEO & President - AMN Healthcare
Daniel Bradbury, President and CEO - Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Gene Lay, Founder and CEO - BioLegend
Ryan Peddycord, CEO - Business.com Media
Theodore Schroeder, President & CEO - Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Scott Dennis, CEO, and Alex Kunczynski, President - D&K Engineering
Arthur Gruen, CEO - EA Health Corporation
Tom Gildred, CEO - Emerald Textiles
Keith Esshaki, CEO - GTC Systems Inc.
Gregory Frost, President & CEO - Halozyme Therapeutics
Sue Farrow, Executive Chairman - Integral Senior Living
Barry Sandrew, Founder, President, CCO and CTO - Legend3D
Gary Rayner, CEO - LifeProof
Robert Feeney, Founder and CEO - MedVantx
Peter Leparulo, CEO and Chairman - Novatel Wireless
Pedro Lichtinger, President & CEO - Optimer Pharmaceuticals
Bruce Hueners, CEO & President - Palomar Technologies, Inc.
Bertrand Liang, CEO - Pfenex Inc.
Frederick Pierce, President & CEO - Pierce Education Properties, L.P.
Reid Carr, President and CEO - Red Door Interactive
Darrin Hegemier, Chief Strategy Officer - Skinit, Inc.
Daniel Sullivan, President - Sullivan Solar Power
Dave Alberga, Chief Executive Officer, and Matt Landa, President - The Active Network
Kelly Grismer, President - The Wheat Group, Inc.
Jeffrey Stein, President & CEO - Trius Therapeutics
Jason Kulpa, Chief Executive Officer - Underground Elephant

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year 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, California, on November 17, 2012. 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. 

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 San Diego, sponsors include: Marsh, Union Bank, ADP, Cox Business, Scherzer, The Daily Transcript, and Citrus PR.

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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