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Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipients Announced At June 27 Gala.

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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 27, 2000

"If you can dream it, if you can see it, you can do it. Don't give up!" is a motto that has led Phoenix resident Kim Komando to become one of the area's most successful entrepreneurs. Co-founder of WestStar Talk Radio Network, with Valley radio personality Barry Young, Kim has risen to radio talk show stardom through her ambition, energy and business savvy. In just under five years, she has become the host of one of Talkers Magazine's top 10 radio shows, The Kim Komando Radio Talk Show, the world's largest daily and weekly talk radio show about computers and the Internet. Based in Phoenix, the show is broadcast in over four continents, carried by more than 350 American radio stations and is a syndicated column in more than 100 newspapers, reaching over 50 million people per month.

Affectionately dubbed the "Digital Goddess," Kim takes a fun approach to computer talk and offers straight jargon advice on equipment and software. She was first introduced to computers at age 9 and graduated college early at age 19 with a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from Arizona State University in 1985. An entrepreneur at a young age, she financed her education by teaching computer hardware and software training classes.

Kim is one of 10 innovative Arizona entrepreneurs chosen by a panel of independent judges. Recipients of the 12th Annual Arizona Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards(R) program were announced this evening at a gala dinner. The program recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and communities.

The Year 2000 Arizona Entrepreneurs Of The Year are:

-- Junior Achievement

John David Doyle, Student Volunteer League

-- Leisure/Entertainment

Kim Komando, Chairman and CFO, and Barry Young, President -

WestStar TalkRadio Network, Phoenix

-- Manufacturing

Steve Bunger, President and CEO - Mobile Mini, Tempe

-- Real Estate

William Schubert, President and CEO - Kitchell Corporation,

Phoenix

-- Services

Rodger Ford, Co-Manager, and J. David Mackstaller, Co-Manager

- PetsHotel Plus International, Tucson

-- Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Amy Leroy-Gelb, President - Arizona Angels Studio, Scottsdale

-- Technology/e-Business

James Garvey, President & CEO - Integrated

Information Systems, Inc., Tempe

-- Wholesale/Retail

Larry A. Miller, President and CEO - Trax Software

& Consulting Co., Scottsdale

-- Master

William Schubert, President and CEO - Kitchell Corporation,

Phoenix

The award recipients were announced at a gala awards ceremony held at The Phoenician in Phoenix. The event was the culmination of an intensive search to identify and recognize Arizona's outstanding entrepreneurs.

Arizona award recipients are now eligible to participate in Ernst & Young's National Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards competition, the pre-eminent program honoring outstanding owners of fast-growing companies.

The national search will conclude at a black-tie awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 11, 2000, where the national Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists and winners in seven national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year, will be announced and celebrated by more than 2,000 attendees as part of the Entrepreneur Of The Year International Conference.

Previous Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners include a "Who's Who" of business leaders, such as Michael Dell of Dell Computer Corporation, Jim McCann of 1-800 Flowers, Steve Case of American Online, Howard Schulz of Starbucks Coffee, Alan Hald and Jeff McKeever of MicroAge and Pam Del Duca of The DELSTAR Group. Richard M. Schulze, founder of Best Buy, was named the 1999 National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year. Henry T. Nichols of Broadcom Corp. received a National 1999 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Technology Category.

Recipients of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award become lifetime members of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame.

This year's Arizona award recipients were selected by an independent panel of judges, including:

-- Barbara Barrett, President, Triple Creek Ranch

-- Steve Sanghi, CEO, Microchip Technology Incorporated (1995

Award Recipient)

-- Bill Shover, Retired Community Affairs Director, Phoenix

Newspapers

-- Quentin Smith, CEO, Employee Solutions

-- Pat Sullivan, CEO, Interact Commerce Corporation (1999 Award

Recipient)

-- Mark Zupan, Dean, University of Arizona, Eller College of

Business & Public Administration

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young, the program is nationally sponsored by USA Today, CNNfn and CNN, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Joining in the search for the nation's best entrepreneurs are local sponsors Merrill Lynch, FINOVA, Citibank Private Bank, Sprint, MARSH, Snell & Wilmer, Imperial Bank, Bryan Cave, Bowne, Scherzer & Company and Audio-Visual Headquarters.

Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) is a registered service mark of Ernst & Young LLP.

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The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has become a trusted resource for accelerating entrepreneurship in America, promoting opportunities for entrepreneurs, educators and youth nationwide. The Center is at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation supporting entrepreneurship in the United States.

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