BALTIMORE, June 16, 2014 – EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Maryland. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.
“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” said Harry Thomasian, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Maryland Region. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Maryland Award winners are:
- Christopher Brandt – Audacious Inquiry, LLC
- Kevin B. Cashen – Bay Bank, FSB
- J.M. Schapiro III – Continental Realty Corporation
- Kwame Kuadey – GiftCardRescue.com
- Bruce A. Zwicker – Haines
- Bill Kraus and Steve Newton – Mission BBQ
- Linda Abell – Security Vault Works, Inc.
- Rick Wuest – Thompson Creek Window Company
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 at the national level. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.
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 Maryland, regional sponsors include the Baltimore Business Journal, DLA Piper, PNC Bank and SmartCEO. Reception sponsors include BioHealth Innovation, Inc., Cassidy Turley and Randstad Professionals.
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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