Ernst & Young announces the winners of the 2012 Orange County Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards

Exemplary entrepreneurs were honored at program’s gala event

Online PR News – 10-June-2012 – June 8, 2012, IRVINE, CA – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Orange County. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 7, 2012 at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, CA.

“All the finalists exhibited tremendous fortitude and innovation in their respective fields” said Kim Letch, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Orange County. “The winners showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that is the driving force behind the economic and employment growth in Orange County and beyond.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Orange County Award are:
• Mike Morhaime, CEO, President and Co-Founder, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Irvine
• Joe Kiani, Chairman and CEO, Masimo Corp., Irvine
• Andy Fathollahi, CEO, Incipio, Irvine
• Gary Jabara, Founder and CEO, Mobilitie, LLC, Newport Beach
• John Raymont, Founder and CEO and President, Kurion, Inc., Irvine

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. 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 US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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

In Orange County, sponsors include: Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth; Marsh Insurance; Union Bank; ADP; Scherzer Intl.; Smart Business Magazine; HKA, Inc. Public Relations; and Strategic Equity Group.

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About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
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