BALTIMORE, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Maryland Region. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on 28 June 2012 at The Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.
"Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year's winners for the past 26 years," said Harry Thomasian, Jr., Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Maryland. "These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community."
The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Maryland Award are:
- Chip Paucek, Co-Founder and CEO, 2tor, Inc.
- Zack H. Shariff, CEO, Allen & Shariff Corporation
- Richard Bastinelli, CEO, Centric Business Systems
- Duncan M. Anderson, CEO and President, Education Affiliates
- George C. Tunis, Founder, Chairman and CEO, HARDWIRE, LLC
- Jeanne Kimmich Roberts, President, Kimmich Software Systems, Inc. (KSSI)
- Vinita Gupta, CEO, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Brian J. Ippolito, President and CEO, Orbis Technologies, Inc.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate 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 nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Maryland, sponsors include the Baltimore Business Journal, Cassidy Turley, ClearView Consulting, DLA Piper, PNC, SmartCEO and The Mergis Group.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
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