EY Announces Finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in Northern California Region

Represented companies almost double workforces during past two years

SAN JOSE, Calif.–EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Northern California Region. The represented companies nearly doubled their workforces during the past two years – from 5,991 to 11,631 employees. Combined revenues grew 160 percent from $1,895,126,673 to almost $5 billion during the same period.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards program which recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges, and Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 24, 2016, at The Fairmont San Jose.

The finalists are:

Accela, Maury Blackman, CEO & President
Adaptive Insights, Robert Hull, Founder and Chairman
AppDynamics, Jyoti Bansal, Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategist
Chubbies, Rainer Castillo, Kyle Hency, Tom Montgomery, and Preston Rutherford, Co-founders
Datameer, Stefan Groschupf, CEO
Doximity, Nate Gross, Co-founder and Jeff Tangney, CEO & Co-founder
Ellie Mae, Jonathan Corr, CEO & President
Fitbit, James Park, CEO, President, and Co-founder
Groupware Technology, Inc., Mike Thompson, CEO & President
HackerRank, Vivek Ravisankar, CEO & Founder
Hearsay Social, Clara Shih, CEO & Founder
Home Care Assistance, Lily Sarafan, CEO & President
Intersect ENT, Lisa Earnhardt, CEO & President
Poshmark, Manish Chandra, CEO & Founder
Quantenna, Sam Heidari, CEO
SearchPros Solutions, Myla Ramos, CEO & President
Sojern, Mark Rabe, CEO & President
Tea Collection, Emily Meyer, CCO & Co-founder and Leigh Rawdon, CEO & Co-founder
Tile, Mike Farley, CEO & Co-founder
Udemy, Dennis Yang, CEO
Veritas Investments, Yat-Pang Au, CEO & Founder
Vocera Communications, Inc., Brent Lang, CEO & President
Webcor Builders, Jes Pedersen, CEO & President
Zuora, Tien Tzuo, CEO & Co-founder

Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

To attend the gala or learn more about the Northern California program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/NorCal or contact Chalyce Valgardson at chalyce.valgardson@ey.com. Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYNORCAL.

Founded and produced by EY, Entrepreneur Of The Year is nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition, Merrill Corporation is the official and preferred data partner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards as a global leader in secure content sharing, regulated communications and compliance services. Merrill Corporation’s DataSite is used to facilitate the judges’ independent review of nominations. In Northern California, sponsors also include Chatham Financial, King & Spalding, Smart Business, and Solomon Edwards.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY 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 over 145 cities and in more than 60 countries. Follow us at

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