First Book President and Co-founder Kyle Zimmer Awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the Mid-Atlantic
EY builds on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic region
MCLEAN, Va., June 16, 2017 – EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Mid-Atlantic region. This group of leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were unveiled at a special gala on June 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.
“EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs for over three decades,” said Debra von Storch, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “The class of winners in 2017 represent new ways of thinking, disruptive business models and overall dynamism that make this country a great place to do business.”
The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Mid-Atlantic Award include:
- Ashish Kachru, Altruista Health, Reston, VA
- Ed Barry, Capital Bank, Rockville, MD
- Andy Macdonald, Consilio, Washington, D.C.
- Kyle Zimmer, First Book, Washington, D.C.
- Dev Ganesan, Fishbowl, Alexandria, VA
- Amy Wright, Macro Solutions, Washington, D.C.
- Joe Fluet, MAG Aerospace, Woodbridge, VA
- Rohyt Belani, PhishMe, Leesburg, VA
- Bo Menkiti, The Menkiti Group, Washington, D.C.
Since its founding in 1986, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Mid-Atlantic region, platinum sponsors include JLL and PNC Bank. Gold sponsors include Chatham Financial, Cooley LLP, SolomonEdwards Group and the Washington Business Journal.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 over 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy.
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