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
-- 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
-- Networking & Communications - Dean Drako, Co-founder, President & CEO,
Barracuda Networks, Inc.
-- Networking & Communications - Zach Levow, Co-founder & CTO, Barracuda
-- Networking & Communications - Michael Perone, Co-founder, Executive
Vice President & CMO, Barracuda Networks, Inc.
-- Retail & Consumer Products - Matthew K. McCauley, Chairman & CEO, The
-- 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,
-- 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.
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
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.
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