SAN FRANCISCO, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 award in Northern California. This year's award winners were lauded at a special gala event, June 29, 2007 at the San Francisco Fairmont with nearly 500 people in attendance. All award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges composed of area leaders from business, academic and civic organizations. The Northern California Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 award winners are: -- Master Entrepreneur - Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures -- Consumer & Business Services - Harold M. Messmer, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Robert Half International, Inc. -- Emerging - Jon Fisher, CEO, Bharosa, Inc. -- Health & Life Sciences - Kirk Loevner, Chairman & CEO, Epocrates, Inc. -- Health & Life Sciences - Jeffrey Tangney, Co-founder & Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Epocrates, Inc. -- Manufacturing & Engineering - Thomas H. Werner, CEO, SunPower Corporation -- Networking & Communications - Dean Drako, Co-founder, President & CEO, Barracuda Networks, Inc. -- Networking & Communications - Zach Levow, Co-founder & CTO, Barracuda Networks, Inc. -- Networking & Communications - Michael Perone, Co-founder, Executive Vice President & CMO, Barracuda Networks, Inc. -- Retail & Consumer Products - Matthew K. McCauley, Chairman & CEO, The Gymboree Corporation -- Socially Responsible - Jason Araghi, Co-founder, President & CEO, Green Beans Coffee Company -- Socially Responsible - Jon Araghi, Co-founder & Vice President, Green Beans Coffee Company -- Technology & Software - John S. Chen, Chairman, President & CEO, Sybase, Inc. -- Turnaround - Douglas G. Bergeron, Chairman & CEO, VeriFone, Inc. "For 21 years, Ernst & Young has recognized outstanding entrepreneurship through our Entrepreneur Of The Year program," said Rick Fezell, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Northern California. "This year's winners are truly an inspiration to all. We salute them for their drive, determination and hard work -- and congratulate them on their success." Northern California award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 national program. Award winners in several 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 17, 2007. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the worldwide event held in Monte Carlo. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and continues to recognize the leaders and visionaries who are creating and building world-class businesses. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Sponsors Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have Bank of America as the national presenting sponsor, as well as SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors. In Northern California, local sponsors include NYSE Group, Inc., Scherzer International, SHIFT Communications, LLC and The Big Picture. About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards The Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries. About Ernst & Young Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to enhancing the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 114,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at http://www.ey.com/perspectives . Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, a U.K. company limited by guarantee, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients. Ernst & Young LLP is a U.S. client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.
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