Ernst & Young has announced the 21 finalists for its San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for 2001.
The winners will be crowned June 13 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.
Entrepreneurs must show success in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to both the business and the community to earn an award, said Ernst & Young spokeswoman Adrienne Hedger.
They must also demonstrate high company values and a solid relationship with their employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders, she added.
Winners get a trophy, permission to use the Entrepreneur of the Year logo in company material and are eligible for the national award, which will be presented this fall in Palm Springs.
The San Diego finalists are:
– Consumer and business products and services: Michael Searles, Factory 2-U Stores in Kearny Mesa; Phil Baker and Bob Olodort, Carlsbad’s Think Outside; and Jackie Townsend, The Townsend Agency of Sorrento Valley.
– Health sciences: Stuart Collinson and Harry Stylli, Aurora Biosciences of Carmel Valley; Michael Perry and Rhonda Rhyne, CardioDynamics of Sorrento Valley; and Jay Short, Diversa Corp. of Sorrento Valley.
– High-technology: Eric Wenass, Jaycor of Carmel Valley; Edwin Lester, Maxim Systems of San Diego; and Gary Gist, Palomar Technologies of Vista.
– Real estate: Douglas Austin, Austin Veum Robbins Parshalle of San Diego; Stuart Tanz, Pan Pacific Retail Properties of Vista; and Dickerson Wright, U.S. Laboratories of Clairemont.
– Software/Internet services, Stephen Gardner, Peregrine Systems of Carmel Valley; Curt Nelson, Silicon Space of San Diego; and John Carrington, Websense of Sorrento Valley.
– Telecommunications, Kenneth Kalb, Continuous Computing of Sorrento Valley; Harvey White, Leap Wireless of Sorrento Valley; and Hiep Pham, Widcomm of Sorrento Valley.