SECAUCUS, N.J., April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 in New Jersey. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 25 at Hyatt Regency, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The finalists are:
Lee Hornstein – CEO, (C) Systems, LLC
Bharat Parikh – CEO, AASKI Technology, Inc.
Rina Parikh – President, AASKI Technology, Inc.
Dr. Patricia Risse – CEO, ACT Oncology
Daniel O'Connor - President & CEO, Advaxis, Inc.
John Conforti – President, Air Group, LLC
Joseph Butler – CEO, ApTask
Marilyn Grabowski – President, Atlantic Infra
Jaswinder Chadha – CEO, Axtria Inc.
Panna Sharma – President and CEO, Cancer Genetics, Inc.
Andrew Krakauer – CEO, Cantel Medical Corp.
Marc Ackerman – COO, CardCash.com
Elliot Bohm – CEO, CardCash.com
Hiten Patel – Chairman, Collabera
Marguerite (Peggy) McHale – Principal, Consultants 2 Go LLC
James Sapirstein – CEO, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ed Adams – CEO, Direct Travel, Inc.
Brian Leuthner - President & CEO, Edge Therapeutics, Inc.
Eric Casaburi – CEO, Fierce Brands LLC
Rajesh Sinha - Founder & CEO, Fulcrum Worldwide Inc.
Dr. Aaron Greenblatt – CEO, G&W Laboratories, Inc.
Ronald Greenblatt – Chairman, G&W Laboratories, Inc.
Navneet Puri - CEO & President, InnoPharma, Inc.
Steven Dai - President & CEO, International Vitamin Corporation
Jamie Lima - Co-Founder & CEO, IT Cosmetics
Paulo Lima - Co-Founder & President, IT Cosmetics
Mark Hirschberg – President, Multipet International, Inc.
Dr. Pankaj Mohan - Founder & CEO, Oncobiologics, Inc.
Abdul Naushad – CEO, PayCommerce, Inc.
Frank Bedu-Addo - President & CEO, PDS Biotechnology Corporation
Joseph Beneducci – Chairman, President & CEO, ProSight Group, Inc.
Patrick Den Boer - President & CEO, QPharma, Inc.
Chuck Anania - Founder & President, Roof4Roof
Carol Stafford – President, Stafford Communications Group
Jeffrey LeBenger - Chairman & CEO, Summit Medical Group
Mitch Rothschild – CEO, Vitals
Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016. 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 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 EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In New Jersey, sponsors also include Cresa, DLA Piper, Empire Valuation Consultants, Merrill Corporation, Morgan Lewis, Murray Devine, NJ BIZ, PNC, Scherzer International, SolomonEdwardsGroup.
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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