TEANECK, N.J., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in New Jersey. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders. The winners were revealed at a gala event on Thursday, June 24 at The Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, NJ.
"Ernst & Young believes in the power of entrepreneurship," said Stephen Gatto, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for New Jersey. "These Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners are the best in their class, and we are proud to honor their outstanding success."
The evening also included the presentation of a special Entrepreneur Of The Year award. David Crane of NRG Energy, Inc was honored for his entrepreneurialism, commitment and contribution to changing the debate on climate change and the environment.
The New Jersey winners for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:
Consulting: Dr. Padma Allen, TechnoDyne LLC
Financial Services: William O'Brien, Direct Edge
Green Tech: Dr. Shihab Kuran, Petra Solar, Inc.
Public Safety and Security: Thomas Catanese, Power Survey Company
Retail and Consumer Products: Lindsay Phillips, Lindsay Phillips Inc.
Services: Dr. Amy Liao and Dr. Steve Sun, GENEWIZ, Inc.
Software Solutions: Dr. Tianyi Jiang and XunKai Gong, AvePoint, Inc.
Technology: Brian Twibell, RedVision Systems Inc.
Turnaround: Timothy Spring, Marcal Manufacturing, LLC
Web Enabled Solutions: William Bartzak, MD On-Line 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 on a national level. The overall national US winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in June.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in each region, including local business, academic and community leaders.
All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors. In New Jersey, sponsors include regional sponsors Bowne & Co and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and local sponsors Gibbons P.C., NJBIZ, NJTC and WithumSmith+Brown. For more information about the program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.
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 award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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