Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award Recipients in Greater Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 award recipients in Greater Los Angeles. The awards program recognizes outstanding 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 and award recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges and honored at a gala event, with over 700 entrepreneurs and business leaders at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO, The Act 1 Group â Torrance, CA Clarence Daniels Jr., Chairman & CEO, Concession Management Services, Inc. â Los Angeles, CA Sam Naficy, President & CEO, DTT â Los Angeles, CA Jeff Stibel, Chairman & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. â Malibu, CA The An Family, Managing Partners and Executive Chef, House of An â Beverly Hills, CA Bob Sinnott, CEO, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. â Los Angeles, CA Moctesuma Esparza, CEO, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc â Los Angeles, CA Collectively, these award recipients have created over 1,100 jobs over the past two years. On average, they have increased their workforce by 40% and have grown their revenues by 42% between 2010 and 2012. To find out more about the Greater Los Angeles program, please visit our website:

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. The program has honored the inspiration leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (The Home Depot and Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruthâs Chris Steak House, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani Inc.

The regional award recipients now go on to compete at the national level. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year overall 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 nationâs 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 Greater Los Angeles, local sponsors include: Platinum sponsors â Marsh, Scherzer International, Smart Business, and Union Bank. Silver sponsors â Acacia Wealth Advisors, Avison Young, The Big Picture, CresaPartners, and Strategic Equity Group. Ernst & Youngâs Entrepreneur Of The Year is the worldâs most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Ernst & Young LLPâs Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides 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. Ernst & Young 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 at EY_Growth. Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. For more information, please visit

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a client-serving member firm of Ernst Young Global Limited operating in the US.

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