Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2010 Awards in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee Announced

May 07, 2010, 09:05 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

ATLANTA, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee.  This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of past winners as well as business and community leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 24, 2010 at InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Entrepreneurship is especially vital as our nation continues its recovery," said Joseph A. King, partner and Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. "These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging healthy growth, development and innovation in the local economies."

The Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

  • Michael McMenamin, President & CEO, Access Insurance Holdings
  • Christopher Bledsoe, President & CEO, Banker's Dashboard
  • Reddy Shashi, CEO, Case-mate
  • Carol Aebersold, Partner, CCA & B, LLC
  • Chanda Bell, Partner, CCA & B, LLC
  • Christa Pitts, COO, CCA & B, LLC
  • A.J. Kazimi, CEO, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
  • David White, Chairman & CEO, IASIS Healthcare
  • Michael Tudeen, Chairman & CEO, INSPIRIS
  • R. Halsey Wise, Chairman, President & CEO, Intergraph Corporation
  • Sherry Deutschmann, CEO, LetterLogic
  • Michael Mansfield, CEO, Mansfield Oil
  • Edward Aldag, Jr. Chairman, President & CEO, Medical Properties Trust
  • Daniel Reardon, CEO, North Highland
  • James Haslam, III, President & CEO, Pilot Travel Centers
  • Mark Wilson, Co-founder, President & CEO, Ryla
  • Ted Dennard, CEO, Savannah Bee Company
  • Mike Cote, Chairman & CEO, SecureWorks
  • Joseph Guerra, President & CEO, Sequoia Golf Holdings
  • Keith David Kantor, MD, CEO, Service Foods

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 held in Monte Carlo.  

This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary.  The program has expanded to recognize entrepreneurs 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.

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


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 Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee, sponsors include King & Spalding, Bowne and SolomonEdwards Group.

Contact information

To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on June 24, 2010 contact Darlene Pearson-Lowe of Ernst & Young at 404-817-5481 or  For more information about the program, please visit

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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