Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Florida Award Finalists

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Joseph Acebal and Rick Mikles, Co-Founders & Co-CEOs of Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal are named finalists for the Florida 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Joseph Acebal and Rick Mikles, Ideal Image Founders and 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists
We are very proud of how far we have come over the past 10 years. What started as just an idea a decade ago has evolved into the leading laser hair removal platform in the country.

Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal announced that Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Dr. Joseph Acebal and Dr. Richard Mikles are Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Florida Award finalists. According to Ernst & Young LLP, 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. Dr. Joseph Acebal and Dr. Richard Mikles were selected as finalists from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award recipients will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 16 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

“We are very proud of how far we have come over the past 10 years” states Dr. Joseph Acebal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO. “What started as just an idea a decade ago has evolved into the leading laser hair removal platform in the country. The execution of that vision has been made possible by a strong team around us in areas including training, marketing, research and development, IT, finance and operations. This team has made it possible for us to be considered for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.”

According to Ernst & Young, “the 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.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award recipients are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.

Dr. Richard Mikles, Co-Founder and Co-CEO added “We are not stopping any time soon. Ideal Image has achieved exceptional financial results, and revenue growth over the past four years, including through the 2008-2009 recession. We are currently in the process of opening a string of new laser hair removal centers by year end, will exceed 100 centers by the end of 2012, and are testing several new products and services that are consistent with our high quality service offering. We are very proud of what we have accomplished over the last decade, but we think the next decade will be even more exciting for Ideal Image.”

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.

Florida platinum sponsors include Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank and Tribridge; silver sponsor RFB Communications Group and media sponsor Smart Business Network.

About Ideal Image
Based in Tampa, Florida, Ideal Image is the largest dedicated laser hair removal service provider in the world. Since its founding in 2001, the Company has performed over 2 million laser hair removal treatments, and currently maintains a nationwide presence through 67 centers in 19 states.

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.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award recipients are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.

About the Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 141,000 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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