Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in New York

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in 10 categories

Jun 19, 2013, 14:19 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

NEW YORK, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in New York. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at the Marriot Marquis on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  

  • David Jaffe - President and CEO, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
  • Scott Ganeles - CEO, Ipreo
  • Daniel Lubetzky - Founder and CEO, KIND Healthy Snacks
  • Bill Wise - CEO, Mediaocean
  • Rebecca Minkoff - Co-founder and Creative Director, Rebecca Minkoff, LLC
  • Uri Minkoff - Co-founder and CEO, Rebecca Minkoff, LLC
  • Adam Feldman – CEO and Chairman of the Board, Special Materials Company
  • Jonathan Segal - Founder and CEO, The ONE Group
  • Ben Lerer - Co-founder and CEO, Thrillist Media Group
  • Will Dean - Co-founder and CEO, Tough Mudder
  • Neil Blumenthal - Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • Dave Gilboa - Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

A special Master Entrepreneur award was presented to Daymond John, Founder and CEO of Fubu and star of the hit ABC show Shark Tank.

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (The Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and 2012 winner Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani Inc.

These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In New York, local sponsors include Marsh Inc., Merrill Corporation, Goodwin Procter LLP, Empire Valuation Consultants, HSBC, Scherzer International, SolomonEdwardsGroup, Cooley, Murray Devine, DLA Piper, WithumSmith+Brown, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and Marks Paneth & Shron.

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 recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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