Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Awards in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee Announced

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 awards in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee are announced

Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation

Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 25, 2009 at the InterContinental Buckhead.

"Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation," said Joe King, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Partner for Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee. "These finalists help our region create jobs, while encouraging community growth, development and innovation. We are pleased to honor them."

The Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2009 are:

  • Christopher Durham, President, ApolloMD
  • Dr. Christopher Krubert, CEO, ApolloMD
  • J. Don Brock, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Astec Industries
  • Jon Carroll, President, Boxercraft Incorporated
  • Arnie Malham, President, cj Advertising
  • Jerry Boyle, President & CEO, Correct Care Solutions
  • A.J. Kazimi, CEO,Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
  • Tim Hall, President & CEO, Digital Blue
  • Robin Raina, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Ebix
  • Arul Murugan, President & CEO, enrich IT
  • Mylle Mangum, Chairman & CEO, IBT Holdings
  • Jeffrey Smock, President & CEO, Iron Data Solutions
  • Ryan Gunnigle, President & CEO, Kids II
  • Tate Chalk, President & CEO, Nfinity Products & Services
  • Terry Turner, President & CEO, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Elizabeth Morard, President & CEO, Qualis Corporation
  • Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Ryla
  • Frank Argenbright, Chairman & Founder, SecurAmerica
  • Larson Hudson, Chairman & CEO, Simplex Diabetic Supply
  • Michele Velcheck, CEO & Owner, Solid Source Realty
  • Jennifer Fallon, President & CEO, The Aspen Brands Company
  • Bill Roark, CEO, Torch Technologies
  • Michael Walden, President, Walden Security

Regional award winners will be eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national awards. Winners in numerous national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2009. 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.

This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 23rd anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee, sponsors include Bowne, King & Spalding and Smart Business Magazine.

Contact information
To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on June 25, 2009, contact Taylor Van Acker of Ernst & Young at 404-817-5275 or by June 15, 2009. Tickets are $175 per person. For more information about the program, please visit

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award 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.
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