April 05, 2019






Marissa Pereira
Ernst & Young LLP
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Tiffany Smith
Ernst & Young LLP
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EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Utah Region

Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Utah Region.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, APRIL 5, 2019 – EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Utah Region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special black tie gala on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, hosted by Scott Haws.

The finalists are:

Vess Pearson, CEO | Aptive Environmental | Provo, Utah

Vivien Böhme, CEO and Fernanda Böhme, CMO | BOHME | Sandy, Utah

Lorna Koci, Executive Director | Bountiful Community Food Pantry | Bountiful, Utah

Eric Farr, Principal Executive and John Wade, Principal Executive | BrainStorm, Inc | American Fork, Utah

Chad Champlin, Co-founder and CEO and Kylee Champlin Co-founder | CKC Enterprises, Inc. DBA Roolee | North Logan, Utah

Davis Smith, Founder and CEO and Stephan Jacob, Founder, President and COO | Cotopaxi | Salt Lake City, Utah

Andrew Richardson, Founder and CEO I Edge I Orem, Utah

Matt Wardle, President and CEO | JD Machine Corp | Ogden, Utah

Brock Blake, Founder and CEO | Lendio | South Jordan, Utah

Doug Robinson, CEO I LGCY Power I Lehi, Utah

Farzad Mohebbi, Founder and President | Maxims Nutricare DBA Papa Pita Bakery | West Jordan, Utah

Sandi Hendry, Owner | Minky Couture LLC | Layton, Utah

Levi King, CEO & Co-Founder | Nav Technologies Inc | Draper, Utah

Ali Hynek, Founder and CEO | Nena & Co. LLC | American Fork, Utah

Dave Wright, CEO and Melanie Alder, Chief Investment Officer | Pattern | Lehi, Utah

Dan Young, CEO | PC Laptops | Midvale, Utah

Chris Conard, Regional Executive Director | Playworks Utah | Salt Lake City, Utah

Eric Rea, Co-founder and CEO and Dennis Steele, Co-founder and CSO | Podium Corporation Inc | Lehi, Utah

Nelson James, Co-founder and COO | Signs.com, Inc | Salt Lake City, Utah

Kory Stevens, CEO | Taft Clothing Inc | Provo, Utah

Dave Hennessey, CEO and Executive Director | TURN Community Services | Salt Lake City, Utah

Jared Starling, CEO and Casey Adams, President | Visible Supply Chain Management | Salt Lake City, Utah

Brandon Rodman, CEO and Jared Rodman, Co-founder and CCO | Weave Communications LLC | Lehi, Utah

Jesse Mecham, Founder and CEO | You Need A Budget LLC | Lehi, Utah

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

To learn more about the Utah Region program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/utah_region. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYSLC.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2020.


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 the Utah Region, local sponsors include Corporate Alliance, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Links Consulting, Silicon Slopes, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Community Foundation of Utah, The Summit Group and Utah Business.

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. 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 more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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