Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2011 New England finalists announced

Top Quote Ernst & Young has announced the finalists for their Entrepreneur Of The Year Program for 2011. This release includes a list of the finalists and their respective companies, as well as a description of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. End Quote
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    Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Yearฎ New England finalists. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award and private capital investors. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on 15 June 2011 at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel.

    "These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging community development and innovation in our broader economy," said Kristin Keating, Entrepreneur Of The Year New England Program Chair. "No matter who wins on June 15th, we know one thing for sure - New England is enriched by every one of these finalists."
    The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 New England finalists are:

    • George Sakellaris - President & CEO, Ameresco, Inc.
    • John Donohue - Chairman, President & CEO, Arbella Insurance Group
    • Dr. Omid Farokhzad - Co-founder & Director, BIND Biosciences, Inc.
    • Todd Blount - President, Blount Fine Foods
    • John Pepper - Co-founder & CEO, Boloco
    • Gregory Shook - President & CEO, Essex Savings Bank
    • Richard Doyle - Co-founder & CEO, Harpoon Brewery
    • Daniel Kenary - Co-founder & President, Harpoon Brewery
    • Douglas Godshall - CEO, HeartWare International, Inc.
    • Michelle Russo - President, Hotel Asset Value Enhancement
    • Andrea Cohen - Co-founder & CEO, HouseWorks
    • Brian Halligan - Founder & CEO, HubSpot, Inc.
    • Chris Sandusky - Principal, Integrated Process Technologies, Inc.
    • James Banks - President, Integrated Process Technologies, Inc.
    • Jamey Bennett - CEO, LightWedge, LLC
    • Craig Wheeler - President & CEO, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    • Jeffrey Burbank - CEO, NxStage Medical, Inc.
    • Paul Brient - President & CEO, PatientKeeper, Inc.
    • Theodore Werth - Founder & CEO, PlumChoice
    • Mike Tuchen - President & CEO, Rapid7
    • Beth Williams - President & CEO, Roxbury Technology Corporation
    • Brad Sterl - President, Rustic Crust
    • Jamie Mair - Principal, Marketing and Merchandising, Swervepoint, LLC
    • Juli Sinnett - Principal, Client Services, Swervepoint, LLC
    • Kevin Phoenix - Principal, Operations and Administration, Swervepoint, LLC
    • Robert Roche - President & CEO, Tegra Medical
    • Dr. Yiannis Monovoukas - Chairman, President & CEO, TEI Biosciences Inc.
    • Perk Perkins - CEO, The Orvis Company
    • David Hartmann - President & CEO, Tiger Claw, Inc.
    • Richard Schenkel - President & CEO, Unidine Corporation
    • George Dannecker - President & CEO, Vette Corp
    • Dayton "Joe" Deetz - Founder & CEO, Visual Magnetics LP
    • Walter Doyle - President & CEO, Where, Inc.
    • Michael Dubyak - Chairman, President & CEO, Wright Express Corporation

    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 Entrepreneur Of The Year Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall National US winner then moves on to compete for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June 2012.

    This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
    All regional honorees are invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on 12 November 2011 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forumฎ, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held 9-13 November 2011. 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 as a national sponsor.

    In New England, sponsors include Boston magazine, J. Robert Scott, Marsh, Nixon Peabody,
    RR Donnelley, and Regan Communications Group.

    Contact information
    To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala on 15 June 2011, contact Kara Saliba of Ernst & Young at 617.585.0702 or kara.saliba ( @ ) ey dot com by 6 June 2011 dot Tickets are $225 dot 00 per person or $2,225 dot 00 per table dot For more information about the program, please visit www dot ey dot com/us/eoy dot

    About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
    Ernst & Young 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

    About Ernst & Young
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    This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a US client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.

    Contact name: Kara Saliba
    Company: Ernst & Young LLP
    Tel: 617-585-0702
    Email: Kara.saliba ( @ ) ey dot com

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