Northern California's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Winners Announced

Jul 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

    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
     -- 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.
     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.
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