Nearly two dozen Carolinas entrepreneurs will be honored Thursday night during a black-tie awards gala at the Westin Charlotte.
The business leaders from across North and South Carolina were selected by a panel of judges as part of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 awards. The program was started in 1986 and today it is held in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.
Following is a list of Entrepreneur of the Year finalists. Winners will be announced Thursday night.
• Joe Colopy, CEO, Bronto Software, and Chaz Felix, Chief Operating Officer, Bronto Software
• Ted Rollins and Michael Hartnett, co-founders, Campus Crest Communities
• Brad Davis, president and CEO, DukeNet Communications
• Louis Foreman, founder and CEO, Edison Nation/Enventys
• Douglas Albert, president and CEO, Environmental Filtration Technologies, LLC
• Michael Capps, president, Epic Games, Inc.
• Frank Holding, chairman and CEO, First Citizens BancShares, Inc.; First Citizens Bank
• Dale Freudenberger, president and co-founder, FLS Energy
• Per Loof, CEO, KEMET Corporation
• Jeff Reedy, president and CEO, Overture Networks, Inc.
• Sidney Hinton, CEO, PowerSecure International, Inc.
• Garland Tucker, chairman and CEO, Triangle Capital Corporation
• Michael Bailey, chairman and CEO,TrustHouse Services Group
• William Warren, president and CEO, Warren Oil Company, Inc.
• Jennifer Maier, president and CEO, Women’s Distribution Services, Inc.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Peter Browning, founder and managing director, Peter Browning Partners
Community Impact Award:
Peter Karmanos Jr., CEO, Owner and Governor, Carolina Hurricanes
Youth Entrepreneur of the Year:
Marcus Williams – Author, “The Stop Bullying Club”