LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Greater Los Angeles Awards. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes business leaders who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The entrepreneurs noted below were selected by a panel of independent judges and revealed at a special black-tie awards gala on Thursday, June 14, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
EY has recognized more than 10,000 business leaders around the world, since the inception of the program more than 30 years ago. Past winners have disrupted industries, created new product categories and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries. The program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn and Mindy Grossman of HSN.
“These winners represent the booming industries, leadership and exceptional ideas that are driving innovation and growth in Greater LA,” said Scott Porter, Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, and Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year. “They are creating jobs, disrupting industries, and developing services and solutions that are improving whole economies, countless lives and society at large.”
The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Greater Los Angeles Awards are:
- Master Entrepreneur Award | Arie Belldegrun, MD, FACS
- Technology Award | Jake Winebaum, CEO | Brighter, Inc. | Santa Monica, CA
- Emerging Award | Heather Hasson, Co-CEO, and Trina Spear, Co-CEO | FIGS, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA
- Consumer Products & Retail Award | Eddy Lu, Co-Founder & CEO, and Daishin Sugano, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer | GOAT | Culver City, CA
- Digital Media Award | Rich Pierson, Co-Founder & CEO, and Andy Puddicombe, Co-Founder | Headspace | Santa Monica, CA
- Cleantech & Renewable Energy Award | Patrick Maloney, Founder & CEO | Inspire | Santa Monica, CA
- Health Award | Dr. Anthony Gabriel, Co-Founder and COO, and Rich Whitney, Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO | Radiology Partners | El Segundo, CA
- Marketing Technology Award | Michael Blend, Co-Founder & President, and Chuck Ursini, Co-Founder & CEO | System1 LLC | Venice, CA
- Family Business Award | Nadine Watt, President | Watt Companies | Santa Monica, CA
Now in its 32nd year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
To learn more about the Greater Los Angeles program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla.
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Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2019.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation and Merrill Corporation.
In Greater Los Angeles, local sponsors include Gold sponsor: Tangram; Silver sponsors: Avison Young, Ballard Spahr LLP, Cresa, HighTower – Acacia Wealth Advisors, and Woodruff-Sawyer & Company; Media sponsor: C?Suite Media; and PR sponsor: Olmstead Williams Communications.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded and produced by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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