Ernst & Young LLP Thursday announced the Rocky Mountain region finalists for its Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. The finalists [to include Braxton CEO, Frank Backes] were chosen by an independent judging panel of regional business, academic and community leaders. The winners will be announced at a gala on June 18 at the Grand Hyatt Denver hotel.
“Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation,” said Jim Wilson, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for the Rocky Mountain region, in a statement. “These finalists help our region create jobs, while encouraging community growth, development and innovation. We are pleased to honor them.”
The finalists are:
Kevin Semcken, chairman & CEO, Able Planet Inc.
Pascal Noronha, president & CEO, Abound Solar
Kathy Boe, president & CEO, Boecore Inc.
Frank Backes, CEO, Braxton Technologies LLC
Stephen Patterson, president & CEO; Brian Brown, Chief Technology
Officer; and Michael Davis, Executive Vice President; Broadnet
John Tredennick, CEO, Catalyst Repository Systems
Michael Moniz, founder, president & CEO, Circadence Corp.
Brad Poorman, CEO, Cocona Inc.
Barry W. Cooper, chairman & CEO, Cooper Tea Co.
Marcia Coulson, president, Eldon James / EJ BioMed
Michael Fiore, president, Fiore & Sons, Inc.
Scott Wylie, chairman & CEO, First Western Financial, Inc. / First
Western Trust Bank
Robert Levitt, president, Hudspeth & Associates, Inc.
John Raeder, president & CEO, IQNavigator, Inc.
Blake Jones, co-owner, founder, President, & CEO, Namaste Solar
Jim Perry, CEO & owner, Bob Deibel, President & Owner, OfficeScapes Group
David Chernow, president & CEO, Oncure Medical Corp.
Joshua Onysko, founder & CEO, Pangea Organics
Rajat Bhargava, president & CEO, Still Secure
Roy Dimoff, chairman & CEO, ViaWest, Inc.
Dan Caruso, president & CEO, Zayo Group
Regional winners will be eligible for the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 awards, to be presented Nov. 14 at Palm Springs, Calif.
In the Rocky Mountain region, sponsors include Faegre & Benson, Clifton Gunderson LLP, LeGrand Hart, and the Denver Business Journal.