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EY Announces Award Recipients for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in Greater Los Angeles

EY is pleased to announce the award recipients of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Greater Los Angeles. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a 730 person black-tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

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“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” Brian Ring, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Greater Los Angeles. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Greater Los Angeles Award recipients are:

Retail & Investment Services
Curacao - Jerry Azarkman, Co-Founder

EdgeCast Networks - Alex Kazerani, Chairman & CEO, and James Segil, President

Distribution & Manufacturing
ENI-JR286, Inc. - Jonathan Scott Hirshberg, President & CEO

Retail & Consumer Products
Fuhu, Inc. - Robb Fujioka, Founder & President, and Jim Mitchell, CEO

The Honest Company - Jessica Alba, Co-Founder & President, Christopher Gavigan, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Sean Kane, Co-Founder & COO, Brian Lee, Co-Founder & CEO

Prodege, LLC / Swagbucks – Josef Gorowitz, CEO

Business Services - Ken McBride, Chairman & CEO

Consumer Services
TrueCar, Inc. – Scott Painter, Founder & CEO

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs at award ceremonies every June in 25 regions across the United States. Regional award recipients are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award recipient then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award. Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In Greater Los Angeles, regional sponsors include Platinum sponsors: Marsh, Merrill DataSite, Scherzer International, Smart Business and Union Bank. Silver sponsors: Acacia Wealth Advisors, Ballard Spahr, The Big Picture, and Cresa.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique 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, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets

EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practices guide leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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