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 LLP - Lower Layer Protocol 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:
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--Gregory Pugh, COO, Integrated Mobile, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
--Andrew Fellon, President, Fellon-McCord & Associates, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky
--Rene Robichaud, President and CEO, NS Group, Inc., Newport, Kentucky Newport may also refer to Newport, North Carolina, or the Civil War Newport Barracks located there. For other Newports, see Newport (disambiguation).
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--Lance Schneier, Chairman, and Dana Saucier
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--Dr. Laurence Benz From 1987 to the present, Dr. Laurence N. Benz is the founder and President/CEO of Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT) , a private practice outpatient physical therapy company currently comprised of more than 35 locations throughout the greater Louisville and , President, KORT: Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team, Louisville, Kentucky
--Barry Bortz, CEO, Carespring Health Care Management, Cincinnati, Ohio “Cincinnati” redirects here. For other uses, see Cincinnati (disambiguation).
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--Dr. Tony Joseph, President and CEO, AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card) See AdvancedTCA. Registry, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
--Cynthia Booth, President and CEO, COBCO Enterprises, Cincinnati, Ohio
--Patty Brisben, CEO, Pure Romance, Cincinnati, Ohio
--Robert Slattery, President, ReachUSA, Cincinnati, Ohio
--Thomas Cronin, President, Dayton Freight Lines, Dayton, Ohio Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the county seat and largest city of Montgomery County. As of the 2005 census estimate, the population of Dayton was 158,873.
--David Dysinger, President, Dysinger, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
--Ron Rosenbeck, President and CEO, Republic Wire, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
--William Crum, President, and Gary Libertini, Vice President, American Heritage American Heritage can refer to:
--Steve Wathen, President, Equity, Columbus, Ohio
--William Weyland, Managing Director, CITY Properties Group, Louisville, Kentucky
--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
--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 Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California desert resort city, approximately 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles and 140 miles (225 km) northeast of San Diego. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 42,807. 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.
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.
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