Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award Winners in San Diego

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in six categories

Business Wire


Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 award winners in San Diego. The award 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. The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at the Hyatt Regency Aventine in La Jolla, CA on June 13, 2013.

  • Business Services category: Adconion Direct, San Diego – Kim Reed Perell, CEO
  • Technology category: ecoATM, San Diego – Tom Tullie, CEO & Chairman of the Board
  • Consumer Products & Services category: LifeProof, San Diego – Gary Rayner, Former CEO
  • Life Sciences category: Santarus, Inc., San Diego – Gerald Proehl, President & CEO
  • Medical Products & Services category: SkinMedica, Carlsbad – Mary Fisher, Former CEO
  • Family Business category: The Wheat Group Inc., San Diego – Kelly Grismer, President and Chad Grismer, CEO

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (The Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and 2012 National winner and now World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner for 2013, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.

These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners 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 nation’s 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 San Diego, local sponsors include: Marsh Insurance, Union Bank, Cox Business, The Daily Transcript, and Scherzer International.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. For more information about the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in San Diego, go to

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