EY Announces the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM) 2014 in Florida

TAMPA, Fla., May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in Florida. Award recipients will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 12 at the Hilton Orlando.

"These finalists were selected from 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges," says Greg Rosica, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner. "Collectively, these finalists grew their employment by 19 percent and their revenues by nearly 32 percent between 2011 and 2013."

Rosica adds that this award program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

This year Stuart A. Miller, CEO of Lennar Corp in Miami, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Florida finalists are:

Central Florida:

  • Health Care category, Daniel A. Balda, M.D., CEO, Medicomp, Inc, Melbourne
  • Family Business category, Robert D. Finfrock, President, FINFROCK, Apopka
  • Financial Services category, Gideon T. Haymaker, CEO, Seaside National Bank & Trust, Orlando
  • Family Business category, Kenneth E. LaRoe, Chairman and CEO, First Green Bank, Mount Dora
  • Services category, Craig Mateer, Founder and CEO, Bags, Inc., Orlando
  • Family Business category, John J. Rattigan, Jr., President and CEO, Colorado Boxed Beef Co., Auburndale
  • Hospitality and Leisure, Stephen P. Weisz, President and CEO, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Orlando
  • Hospitality and Leisure category, Brian Wheeler, Founder, Tijuana Flats, Altamonte Springs
  • Services category, Todd M. Wilcox, CEO, Patriot Capitol, LLC., Orlando

Northeast Florida:

  • Health Care category, Richard A. Caplin, CEO, The HCI Group, Jacksonville

Northwest Florida:

  • Technology category, David Dyell, CEO, iSirona, LLC, Panama City

South Florida:

  • Distribution and Manufacturing category, Anthony Alfonso, President and CEO, Nutri-Force Nutrition, Miami Lakes
  • Emerging category, Daniel Cane, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Modernizing Medicine, Boca Raton
  • Services category, Joseph J. Incandela, CEO, Cross Country Home Services, Fort Lauderdale
  • Family Business category, John A. Kanas, Chairman and CEO, BankUnited, Miami Lakes
  • Distribution and Manufacturing category, Amin Rahman Ramjee, President and CEO, BEL USA LLC, Medley
  • Emerging category, Albert Santalo, CEO CareCloud, Miami
  • Hospitality and Leisure category, Kevin Sheehan, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami

West Central Florida:

  • Health Care category, Jeff W. Bak, President and CEO, HealthPlan Services, Inc., Tampa
  • Distribution and Manufacturing category, Michael Benstock, CEO Superior Uniform Group Inc., Seminole
  • Technology category, Barry Shevlin, CEO, Vology, Oldsmar
  • Family Business category, Michael A. Wynn, President, Sunshine Ace Hardware, Bonita Springs
  • Technology category, Arnie Bellini III, CEO, and David Bellini, COO, ConnectWise, Tampa
  • Retail and Consumer Products category, Todd Christopher, Founder and CEO, Vogue International, Clearwater
  • Emerging category, Bobby Harris, President and CEO, BlueGrace Logistics, Riverview
  • Services category, Scott V. Dols, CEO, Big Truck Rental LLC, Tampa
  • Family Business category, Larry C. Morgan, CEO, Morgan Family Ventures, Tampa
  • Retail and Consumer Products category, Mark B. Pentecost, President and CEO, It Works!, Bradenton

Now in its 28th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in more than 140 cities and 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award recipients go on to compete at the national level. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year overall award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY 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 by SAP Americas and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Florida platinum sponsors are Fifth Third Bank, Holland & Knight, Tribridge and Vaco; silver sponsors RFB Communications Group and Scherzer International and media sponsor Smart Business Network.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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