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Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award Announced in Louisville, Kentucky; Award Winners Named at the Regional Awards Banquet on June 29, 2006.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2006 award in the South Central Ohio and Kentucky region. The 31 finalists representing 25 companies were selected from 70 nominations by an independent judging panel composed of area business, academic and civic leaders. Award winners will be announced at a special 20th anniversary Awards Banquet on June 29, 2006, at the Cincinnati Convention Center.

"This year's finalists are true visionaries who have contributed to economic growth, innovation and cutting-edge products and services," said Alan Greenwell, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for the South Central Ohio and Kentucky region. "We proudly celebrate their achievements as we mark the 20th anniversary of this prestigious awards program."

The South Central Ohio and Kentucky finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 award are:

Emerging

--Jeremy Christ and Michael Fountain, Presidents, ModernGigabyte, LLC, Louisville, Kentucky

--Chad Monnin, CEO; Scott Humphrys, Vice President; and Greg Miller, COO, Aegis, Mission Essential Personnel, Columbus, Ohio

--Gregory Pugh, COO, Integrated Mobile, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Energy

--Andrew Fellon, President, Fellon-McCord & Associates, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky

--Rene Robichaud, President and CEO, NS Group, Inc., Newport, Kentucky

--Lance Schneier, Chairman, and Dana Saucier, COO, Accent Energy Group, Columbus, Ohio

Health Care

--Dr. Laurence Benz, President, KORT: Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team, Louisville, Kentucky

--Barry Bortz, CEO, Carespring Health Care Management, Cincinnati, Ohio

--Dr. Tony Joseph, President and CEO, AMC Registry, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Marketing/Retail

--Cynthia Booth, President and CEO, COBCO Enterprises, Cincinnati, Ohio

--Patty Brisben, CEO, Pure Romance, Cincinnati, Ohio

--Robert Slattery, President, ReachUSA, Cincinnati, Ohio

Master

--Thomas Cronin, President, Dayton Freight Lines, Dayton, Ohio

--David Dysinger, President, Dysinger, Inc., Dayton, Ohio

--Ron Rosenbeck, President and CEO, Republic Wire, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

Real Estate/Construction

--William Crum, President, and Gary Libertini, Vice President, American Heritage Homes Corporation, Columbus, Ohio

--Steve Wathen, President, Equity, Columbus, Ohio

--William Weyland, Managing Director, CITY Properties Group, Louisville, Kentucky

Service

--Timothy Johnson, President, Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

--Raphael Nicolosi, President, Midwest Electric, Columbus, Ohio

--T. Brian Pollard, Senior Managing Director, and Thomas Green, CEO, Lancaster Pollard, Columbus, Ohio

--Kevin Vasquez, President and CEO, Butler Animal Health Supply, LLC, Columbus, Ohio

Technology

--David Blauer, CEO, Click4Care, Columbus, Ohio

--Jerry Merritt, President, ZirMed, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky

--Brian Patsy, Chairman, LanVision d/b/a Streamline Health, Cincinnati, Ohio

South Central Ohio and Kentucky's award recipients will be eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2006.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues to recognize the leaders and visionaries who are creating and building world-class businesses. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year award program is nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. South Central Ohio and Kentucky's program is sponsored by platinum sponsors Thompson Hine LLP and Fifth Third Bank, as well as local sponsors Artina Promotional Products; Rea & Associates, Inc.; Smart Business Network; Mountjoy & Bressler, LLP; and Brixey & Meyer.

Contact Information

To make reservations for the awards banquet on June 29, 2006, contact Kristina Koulouris of Ernst & Young at 800-746-9417 or kristina.koulouris@ey.com by June 16, 2006. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information about the awards program, visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 107,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients.

Note to Editors: Media are invited to attend the awards banquet for interview and photo opportunities. Please call Jeannett Albers at 513-612-1859 as soon as possible to request a complimentary reservation. Press credentials must be presented.
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