The winners of the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards of Greater Washington were recently awarded for their successes in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
At a gala that took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia on June 24, winners in eight categories were selected by a judging panel and were recognized for their inspiration, vision, leadership and achievements within their businesses over the past year.
“Ernst & Young believes in the power of entrepreneurship,“ said Rene Salas, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Greater Washington. “These Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners are best in class, and we are proud to honor their outstanding success.”
Luke Hillier of ADS, Inc. took home the Government Contracting award, Wallace E. Boston, Jr, Ed.D of American Public Education, Inc. won in Health & Education Services, Dr. Long Nguyen from Pragmatics was selected for the IT Services award, Paul Logan of Contact Solutions, Inc. was awarded the Network Communications prize, Eric Anderson from Space Adventures, Ltd. won for Services, John F. Speer of Datatel, Inc. took home the Software award and Ramu Potarazu of Avail-TVN won in the Technology category.
The Master Entrepreneur award went to Sheila C. Johnson of Salamander Hospitality.
According to a statement, “Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.”
The winners of the Greater Washington area are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year event, which is hosted in California in November.