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Ernst & Young LLP

May 14, 2013 14:52 ET

Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Finalists in Northern California

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Northern California region. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected from nearly 118 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 22 at The Fairmont in San Francisco. 

Aaron Bell, CEO, AdRoll, San Francisco, CA
Tod Sacerdoti, CEO and founder, BrightRoll, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Chris Friedland, President and Founder,, Chico, CA
Fabio Rosati, CEO and President, Elance, Mountain View, CA
Steve Smith, CEO and President, Equinix, Inc., Redwood City, CA
Ashar Aziz, Founder, Vice Chairman and CTO, FireEye, Inc., Milpitas, CA
Harpal Sandhu, CEO and President, Integral Development Corp., Palo Alto, CA
Mark Fischer-Colbrie, CEO and President, Labcyte Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Rich Ellson, Co-founder, Labcyte Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Renaud Laplanche, CEO and Founder, Lending Club, San Francisco, CA
Eric Ryan, Co-founder, Method Products Inc., San Francisco, CA
Adam Lowry, Co-founder, Method Products Inc., San Francisco, CA
Lewis Cirne, CEO and Founder, New Relic, San Francisco, CA
Hayes Barnard, CEO, Paramount Equity, Roseville, CA
Maky Zanganeh, COO, Pharmacyclics, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Neil Grimmer, CEO and Co-founder, Plum Organics, Emeryville, CA
Mike Sechrist, CEO, ProTransport-1, Cotati, CA
Elena Whorton, President, ProTransport-1, Cotati, CA
Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO and Founder, RadiumOne, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Katie Rodan, Co-founder, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Kathy Fields, Co-founder, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, San Francisco, CA
Jeffrey Dunn, CEO and President, SI-BONE Inc., San Jose, CA
Lyndon Rive, CEO, Co-founder, SolarCity, San Mateo, CA
Erik Swan, Co-Founder and CTO, Splunk, San Francisco, CA
Burton Goldfield, CEO and President, TriNet, San Leandro, CA
Bill Demas, CEO and President, Turn Inc., Redwood City, CA
Robert Pera, CEO and Founder, Ubiquiti Networks, San Jose, CA
Aneel Bhusri, Chairman, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Workday, Pleasanton, CA
Dave Duffield, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Workday, Pleasanton, CA

Collectively, these finalists grew their company's employment by 54% and their revenues by 51% between 2010 and 2012. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award 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 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst &
Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Northern California, sponsors include Goodwin Procter, Littler, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Smart Business Network, Inc., and The Big Picture.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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