IRVINE, June 4, 2014 – EY today announced the winners of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Orange County. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected from nearly 80 nominations by an independent judging panel made up of previous award recipients, prominent CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 4, 2014 at The St. Regis Resort in Dana Point.
“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” said Kim Letch, EY Partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Orange County. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Orange County Award winners are:
Jeffrey Frieden, CEO – Auction.com, Irvine
Business to Business
Jonathan Ord, CEO – DealerSocket, San Clemente
Eve Yen, Founder & President – Diamond Wipes Int’l, Chino
Social Responsibility / Non-Profit
Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO – Human Options, Irvine
Phu Hoang, CEO – Virtium Technology, Rancho Santa Margarita
Phillip Chang, Founder & Chairman – Yogurtland, Irvine
Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 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 National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. 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 in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In Orange County, regional sponsors include Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Cresa, Merrill DataSite, Scherzer Investigations, Smart Business magazine, and HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications.
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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