SOURCE: Stellar Solutions

June 22, 2009 15:55 ET

Stellar Solutions, Inc CEO Celeste Ford Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award Recipient in Northern California

Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Services Category

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - Stellar Solutions, Inc today announced Celeste Ford, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the services category in Northern California. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Celeste Ford was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at The San Jose Fairmont on June 13, 2009.

Celeste Ford, who founded Stellar Solutions in 1995, says her goal was "to have high impact and focus on what is important -- solving our customers' critical needs and aligning those activities with our employees' dream jobs." Stellar Solutions is an engineering services company providing end-to-end technical expertise and problem solving skills to significant national and international aerospace programs.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"We are proud to recognize the achievements of Celeste Ford," said Ernie Cortes, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Northern California. "Award recipients of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region's economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger."

As a Northern California award recipient, Celeste Ford is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. 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.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors.

In Northern California, local sponsors include The Big Picture, Scherzer International, Smart Business and The Summit Group.

About Stellar Solutions, Inc

Stellar Solutions distinguishes itself by satisfying customers' critical engineering services needs on diverse projects such as defense-related intelligence programs, international telecommunications satellites, commercial imagery satellites, and NASA's planetary and earth science missions. Stellar Solutions' high-caliber team of aerospace professionals has decades of applied mission experience and provide high impact technical solutions to programmatic challenges. Stellar Solutions' offices are located in all major space development and operational hubs in the US: California, Colorado and the Washington, DC area, and our international affiliate, Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd., is based in London, England.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

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