Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in the Mountain Desert region

May 17, 2013, 13:19 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

DENVER, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Mountain Desert region which encompasses Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets may be purchased online at

  • Mario Martinez, CEO, 360 Vantage (Chandler, AZ)
  • Jeremy Ostermiller, CEO & Founder, Altitude Digital (Denver, CO)
  • Jeremy Freer, CEO, Angel MedFlight (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • John Musil, Founder & CEO, Avella (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Terry Shadwick, President & CEO, BluSky Restoration Contractors, Inc. (Centennial, CO)
  • Gary Hammerslag, Chairman & Founder, Boa Technology Inc. (Denver, CO)
  • Stephen Hughes, CEO & Chairman, Boulder Brands, Inc. (Niwot, CO)
  • Marco Campos, Managing Principal & Founder, Campos EPC, LLC (Denver, CO)
  • Sissie Roberts Shank, President & CEO, Chas Roberts (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Matt Larson, CEO & Founder, Confio Software (Boulder, CO)
  • Eric Roza, President & CEO, Datalogix (Westminster, CO)
  • Kenneth Weiner, Founding Partner & CEO, Eating Recovery Center (Denver, CO)
  • Carol Keogh, President & CEO, ESI Ergonomic Solutions (Mesa, AZ)
  • Bart Lorang, CEO & Co-Founder, FullContact, Inc. (Denver, CO)
  • Hart Cunningham, CEO and Co-Founder, and Jeremy Bloom, Co-Founder, Integrate (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Terry McDaniel, President & CEO, Inventure Foods, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Justin Gold, Founder & CEO, Justin's (Boulder, CO)
  • Steve Carley, CEO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Greenwood Village, CO)
  • Stacey Caron, President & Co-Founder, Spellbinders Paper Arts, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Mike Shehan, CEO & Co-Founder, and Steve Swoboda, COO, CFO & Co-Founder, SpotXchange, Inc. (Westminster, CO)
  • Steve Bigari, CEO, Stellar Restaurant Solutions, LLC (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Michael Garippa, Chairman, CEO & President, SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ)
  • Jeffrey Elowe, President & CEO, The Laramar Group (Greenwood Village, CO)
  • Brad Jannenga, President & CTO, WebPT (Phoenix, AZ)

Collectively, these finalists grew their company's revenues by 51.75% between 2010 and 2012. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young 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 the Mountain Desert region local sponsors include: Faegre Baker Daniels, BBVA Compass, ADP, Scherzer International and the Denver Business Journal.

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