EY announces finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Awards Program in the Greater Los Angeles

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Los Angeles, CA, May 11, 2015 – EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Awards in Greater Los Angeles. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by an independent panel of judges. Award recipients will be announced at the black-tie Awards Gala on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

To see the full list of finalists and purchase tickets for the Awards Gala, please visit our website: www.ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. Please join us in congratulating these inspiring leaders on social media using #EOYGLA.

The finalists are:

  • 24Hr HomeCare | David Allerby, Co-Founder & CEO, Tyner Brenneman-Slay, Co-Founder & COO, and Ryan Iwamoto, Co-Founder and CMO | El Segundo, CA
  • Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza | Elise Wetzel, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, and Richard Wetzel, Co-Founder & Co-CEO | Pasadena, CA
  • Dollar Shave Club | Michael Dubin, Founder & CEO | Venice, CA
  • Kilroy realty Corporation | John Kilroy, CEO, Chairman & President | Los Angeles, CA
  • Landmark Dividend LLC | Jeffrey J. Knyal, CEO | El Segundo, CA
  • MediaAlpha Steve Yi, CEO | Los Angeles, CA
  • Movement for Life | Dr. James Glinn, Jr., Founder | San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Onestop Internet | John Tomich, Co-Founder & CEO | Compton, CA
  • Pacifica Hotel Company | Matt Marquis, CEO & President | Santa Barbara, CA
  • PackIt LLC | Melissa Kieling, Co-Founder & CEO | Westlake Village, CA
  • Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. | Joseph Derhake, CEO | Torrance, CA
  • Prime Focus Worldwide | Namit Malhotra, Founder, Global CEO & Executive Chairman | Los Angeles, CA
  • REVOLVE | Mike Kareanikolas, Co-Owner & Co-CEO, and Michael Mente, Co-Owner & Co-CEO | Cerritos, CA
  • SADA Systems Inc. | Tony Safoian, CEO & President | North Hollywood, CA
  • Scopely | Walter Driver, Co-Founder & CEO | Culver City, CA
  • Seven Lakes Technologies | Shiva Rajagopalan, CEO | Westlake Village, CA
  • SGN | Chris DeWolfe, CEO | Beverly Hills, CA
  • Spokeo | Harrison Tang, CEO | Pasadena, CA
  • SteelHouse Inc. | Mark Douglas, CEO & President | Culver City, CA
  • StyleHaul | Stephanie Horbaczewski, CEO & President | Los Angeles, CA
  • TaskUs | Bryce Maddock, Co-Founder & CEO, and Jaspar Weir, Co-Founder & President | Santa Monica, CA
  • The Trade Desk | Jeff Green, Co-Founder & CEO, and Dave Pickles, Co-Founder & CTO | Ventura, CA
  • TruConnect | Matthew Johnson, Co-CEO, and Nathan Johnson, Co-CEO & Chairman | Los Angeles, CA
  • Western University of Health Sciences | Dr. Philip Pumerantz, Founding President | Pomona, CA

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award recipients are eligible for consideration bro the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award recipient then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum ®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally 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, Tangram and Union Bank. Silver sponsors: Acacia Wealth Advisors, Ballard Spahr, Cresa, and Vaco Los Angeles.

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.

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