TAMPA, Fla., March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ernst & Young LLP has announced the 2013 independent judging panel for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program.
"Our panel of nine judges includes a diverse group of highly accomplished individuals from a variety of industries – many of them entrepreneurs in their own right," said Greg Rosica, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program Partner. "Many have won the Florida Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the past and understand what it takes to be an innovator and entrepreneur, especially in a challenging economy."
Judges who select the Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida finalists and award recipients are all Florida business leaders, including previous award recipients, leading CEOs and private capital investors. This year's award recipients will be announced at the annual awards gala on June 13 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
The judges are:
Chairman and CEO
Denise E. Dickins, Ph.D.
Watsco Inc., Steiner Leisure Limited and Auxis, Inc.
East Carolina University
West Palm Beach
Michael M. Earley
Immediate past Chairman and CEO
Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc.
President and CEO
FARO Technologies, Inc.
Michael K. Ferris
Founder and Chairman
Valet Waste, LLC
CEO HSN, Inc.
Steven T. Halverson
President and CEO
The Haskell Company
Mark A. Llano
President and CEO
Source One Distributors, Inc.
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Now in its 27th year, the national program has recognized the leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani.
Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least three years old (two years old for Emerging category nominees). Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. The deadline for nominations has been extended to March 22, 2013.
For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards please visit www.ey.com/us/florida_eoy.
To nominate a candidate, please visit: https://eoy-nomination.ey.com/LoginManagement/Welcome.aspx.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Florida platinum sponsors include Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank, Tribridge and Vaco; silver sponsors RFB Communications Group and Scherzer International and media sponsor Smart Business Network.
For more information about the program, please contact Beverly Eha, Ernst & Young Florida program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ey.com/us/florida_EOY. Information is also available at www.ey.com/us/eoy.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young's 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 50 countries.
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