Ernst & Young announces winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 New York Award

New York, NY-June 20, 2012

Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the New York region. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala emceed by Regis Philbin last night at the Marriott Marquis.

“Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past 26 years,” said Carmine Romano, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director for New York “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 New York Award are:

  • Brian O’Kelley – Co-Founder and CEO, AppNexus
  • Mike Nolet – Co-Founder and CTO, AppNexus
  • Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder, President and CEO, Chobani, Inc.
  • Paul Hurley – Founder and CEO, ideeli
  • Ron Moelis – Co-Founder and CEO, L+M Development Partners, Inc.
  • Richard McVey – Chairman and CEO, MarketAxess Holdings, Inc.
  • Dan Porter – CEO, OMGPOP, Inc.
  • Jon Oringer – Founder and CEO, Shutterstock
  • Eric Shepcaro – CEO, Telx
  • Michael Fallquist – CEO, Viridian Energy
  • Dr. Roger Shedlin – Founder and Chairman, WIN Fertility, Inc.

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 New York sponsors include Marsh, HSBC, Scherzer International, Merrill Corporation, SolomonEdwardsGroup, Empire Valuation Consultants, WithumSmith+Brown, Murray Devine, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe , Morgan Lewis, DLA Piper and Cooley.

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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