EY announces Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

EY announces Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

EY, which until recently was Ernst & Young, has announced the finalists of this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The list of finalists includes a wide range of industries from pharmaceutical to dairy, tax, shoes and even bread.

According to the awards’ director Jon Hooper, “despite the diverse industries they operate in, nearly all have achieved double-digit growth during the past four years, proving that entrepreneurs have a natural ability to identify and monetise opportunities in the market”.

“Equally important in the current market is the growth of employee numbers that each of this year’s finalists has achieved,” the director adds. “This makes it vital that the contribution entrepreneurs make to our nation’s economic and financial viability is acknowledged by giving them a seat at the table with policy makers.”

New Zealand’s 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year category winners will be announced on 23 August.

Below is the list of this year’s finalists:

  • Sean Armstrong (Loaf Handcraft Breads)
  • Dr Hartley Atkinson (AFT Pharmaceuticals)
  • Lester Binns (MyTax.co.nz)
  • Jennifer Boggiss (Heilala Vanilla)
  • Mark Bryan (VetSouth)
  • Rod Drury (Xero)
  • Georgie Falloon (Willow Shoes)
  • John Fiso (New Zealand Institute of Sport)
  • Steve Gianoutsos (Mojo Coffee)
  • Murray Holdaway (Vista Entertainment Solutions)
  • Guy Horrocks (Carnival Labs)
  • Ian Kuperus (Tax Management New Zealand)
  • Sam Minnée (SilverStripe)
  • Dr John Penno (Synlait Milk)
  • Phil Pietersen (ClearPoint)
  • John Plato (Plato Design Agency)
  • Cecilia Robinson (My Food Bag/Au Pair Link)
  • Ryan Sanders (Haka Tourism Group)