Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 7, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The finalists are:

  • Mr. John A. Bardis, Chairman, President and CEO – MedAssets, Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas A. Bickes, CEO – EmployBridge Holding Company
  • Mr. Reggie Bradford, Founder and CEO – Vitrue
  • Mr. Fred P. Burke, CEO – Guardian Pharmacy, LLC
  • Mr. C. Forrest Burke, CEO – LOGC2, Inc. dba Connected Logistics
  • Mr. Ronald F. Clarke, Chairman, President and CEO – FleetCor Technologies, Inc.
  • Mr. Ernest Clevenger, President and CEO – CareHere, LLC
  • Dr. David N. Helfman, CEO – Extremity Healthcare, Inc./Village Podiatry Group
  • Mr. Hesam Lamei, President – Aventis Systems, Inc.
  • Mr. Andrew T. Mack, Chairman and CEO – Teavana Holdings, Inc.
  • Mr. Justin R. McLain, CEO – Endeavor
  • Mr. Dean Parker, CEO – Callis Communications, Inc.
  • Mr. Saurabh Sinha, CEO – emids Technologies
  • Mr. Mark Tuchmann, Founder and CEO – BeavEx, Inc.
  • Ms. JuE Wong, CEO – Pur Minerals, LLC

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee, sponsors include King & Spalding, Vaco, RR Donnelley, TiE-Atlanta and WSB-TV, Channel 2 News.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young 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 more than 140 cities in 50 countries.

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