EY announces finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in Florida

May 05, 2015, 09:45 ET from EY

TAMPA, Fla., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in Florida. Award recipients will be announced at a black-tie gala event on Thursday, June 11 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

"These finalists were selected from more than 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges," says Greg Rosica, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner. "We are very proud to recognize such a successful group of entrepreneurs."    

Rosica adds that this award 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. The Florida finalists are: 

Central Florida:

  • Emerging category, Tony McGee, HNM Global Logistics, Orlando
  • Family Business category, Jerry P. Brown, Jr. and Thomas H. Brown, Florida Food Products, Inc. Eustis
  • Financial Services category, Max Eliscu, LSQ Funding Group, Maitland
  • Financial Services category, Kenneth E. LaRoe, First Green Bank, Mount Dora
  • Hospitality & Retail category, Don Harrill, Orange Lake Resorts, Kissimmee
  • Real Estate & Construction category, Buddy Raney, Raney Construction, Inc., Groveland
  • Services category, Todd M. Wilcox, Patriot Capital, LLC, Orlando

North Florida:

  • Distribution and Manufacturing category, Mark David Shaw, UltraTech International, Inc., Jacksonville
  • Health Care & Life Sciences category, Ricky Caplin, The HCI Group, Jacksonville

South Florida:

  • Distribution & Manufacturing category, Marcelo Young, Transitional Foods, Miami
  • Emerging category, Daniel Cane, Modernizing Medicine, Boca Raton
  • Emerging category, Scott Harris, Deliverlean, Oakland Park
  • Health Care & Life Sciences category, Dr. Boris Reznik, Biorasi, Miami
  • Hospitality & Retail category, Abe Ng, Sushi Maki, Miami
  • Real Estate & Construction category, Ron Antevy, e-Builder, Inc., Plantation
  • Real Estate & Construction category, Michael I. Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction, Boca Raton
  • Services category, Ted A. Fernandez, The Hackett Group, Inc., Miami
  • Services category, Jamarlin Martin, Moguldom Media Group, Fort Lauderdale
  • Technology category, Anabel Perez, NovoPayment, Miami
  • Technology category, Sam Zietz, Touchesuite, Boca Raton

West Central Florida:

  • Distribution & Manufacturing category, Robert Dutkowsky, Tech Data Corporation, Clearwater
  • Distribution & Manufacturing category, Gary Enzor, Quality Distribution, Inc., Tampa
  • Family Business category, Michael Benstock, Superior Uniform Group, Inc., Seminole
  • Family Business category, Geoffrey Neuhoff, GSP Marketing Technologies, Clearwater
  • Financial Services category, David F. Siracusa, Employee Leasing Strategies, Dunedin
  • Health Care & Life Sciences category, Derek G. Hennecke, Xcelience, Tampa
  • Hospitality & Retail category, Robert M. Beall, II, Bealls, Inc., Bradenton
  • Technology category, Norman Worthington, Star2Star Communications, LLC, Sarasota

Now in its 29th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in more than 145 cities and 60 countries throughout the world.  Regional award recipients go on to compete at the national level. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year overall ward winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif. The awards are the culminating event of the EY 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 Americas and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Florida platinum sponsors are Holland & Knight, PNC Bank, Tribridge and Vaco; silver sponsors RFB Communications Group and Scherzer International and media sponsor Smart Business Network.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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