EY announces Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel Inc., is named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 finalist in Orange County, California

IRVINE, Calif., May 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EY today announced that Jeff Coats, president and CEO of Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in Orange County, California. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jeff Coats was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 17, 2016 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.

“I am honored and humbled to be named a finalist of this prestigious award, and I extend my sincere thanks to the Ernst & Young team for their consideration,” said Mr. Coats. “It’s incredibly rewarding to lead a team of creative innovators who aren’t afraid to disrupt and improve an entire industry for our clients and for the millions of consumers who buy cars each year. Autobytel continues to inspire and motivate me today just as it did when I first became a Board Member 20 years ago. Congratulations to all of the finalists for a job well done.”

Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Orange County is sponsored by Stradling Yocca Carlson Rauth, Hollencrest Capital Management, Lockton Companies, Smart Business, Tangram, Woodruff Sawyer & Company and HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications.

About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States. The company also provides consumers with robust and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online.

Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news releases and invitations to special events by accessing the online registration form at http://investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm.

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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