Top Paws: Petplan Pet Insurance Co-CEOs Are 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Finalists in Greater Philadelphia

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Co-Founders of America’s No. 1 pet insurance provider recognized for passion and excellence in innovation and company growth

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We are delighted to be finalists in this prestigious competition

Petplan pet insurance, America’s No. 1-rated pet insurance provider, today announced that Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Chris and Natasha Ashton have been named finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 21 at the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

“We are delighted to be finalists in this prestigious competition,” said Natasha Ashton, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Petplan. “When we first came up with the idea of setting up a pet insurance company in 2001 (following our own experience of a $5,000 veterinary bill), a lot of people thought we were crazy. Today, 10 years later, we’re the nation’s number-one rated, fastest-growing pet insurance provider – and the first one to be listed on the Inc. 500 – and we’ve only just scratched the surface!”

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and 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, CA, 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 Greater Philadelphia, sponsors include Ballard Spahr LLP; Merrill Corporation; Molewski Financial; Morgan Lewis; Murray, Devine & Company, Inc.; NSM Insurance Group, ParenteBeard LLC; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia Business Journal; PNC Bank; Scherzer International; SolomonEdwards; and Sovereign Bank.

ABOUT PETPLAN
Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, rated A+ by A.M. Best (2010). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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.

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