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Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 awards in South Central Ohio and Kentucky announced

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cincinnati, OH – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in South Central Ohio and Kentucky.  This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders.  The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 24th, 2010 at the Duke Energy Center.

“Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation,” said Alan Greenwell, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for South Central Ohio and Kentucky.  “These finalists help our region create jobs, while encouraging community growth, development and innovation.  We are pleased to honor them.”

The South Central Ohio and Kentucky finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

Dr. Peter Clarkson
AC Lens
Cedric Francois
Potentia Pharmaceuticals
Carey Smith
Big Ass Fans
Andrew Beck
River Road Asset Management, LLC
Phillip Rielly
Rob Daly
Silverstone Advisors
Raymond Bohac
CallCopy, Inc.
Mike Lyons
Simpak International, LLC
Robert Evans
Churchill Downs, Inc.
Matt Kubancik
Street Moda, LLC
Mark Crane
GLI’s Enterprise Corp.
Rick Kueber
Sun Tan City
Andrew Jacobs
Influent, Inc.
Billy Cyr
Sunny Delight Beverages Co.
Craig Jones
Jones Plastic & Engineering Corp.
Tim Morrison
The Geode Group
Jim Kennedy
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
Christopher Morrison
The Geode Group

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

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 South Central Ohio and Kentucky, sponsors include Thompson Hine LLP and SmartBusiness Magazine.

Contact information
To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on June 24th, 2010, contact Jen Frost of Ernst & Young at 513.612.1668 or by June 10th, 2010.  Tickets are $150 per person/$1500 table of 10.  For more information about the program, please visit

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award 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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