A total of 24 finalists have been selected in eight categories from more than 100 nominations for the Carolinas 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, but they’ll have to wait until the awards banquet at the Hilton Charlotte & Towers in Charlotte on June 20 to learn who the winners are.

The nominations and categories are as follows:


Ernest Baker, LVL7 Systems, Inc., Cary, NC
Dr. Donald deBethizy, Targacept, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC
Naras Ecchambadi, Quaero Corp., Charlotte, NC


Talbert Campbell, Computer Dimensions, Florence, SC
Peter Coad, Jr., Togethersoft, Raleigh, NC
Neal Hunter, Cree, Inc., Durham, NC

Life Sciences:

Dr. Peter Bennett, Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC
Gary Eichenbaum, ChemCodes, Inc., Durham, NC
Donald Holtzworth, Analytical Sciences, Inc., Durham, NC

Financial Services:

Timothy Grant, Resurgent Capital Services, Greenville, SC
Michael Greco, MortgageRamp, Davidson, NC
Arthur Pappas, A.M. Pappas & Associates, LLC, RTP, NC


Richard Coxe, Dove Data Products, Florence, SC
Richard Lake, National Welders Supply Company, Charlotte, NC
Jon McClure, ISO Poly Films, Inc., Gray Court, SC

Real Estate/Construction:

Katy Boles, Tonda Burr, Graham & Boles Properties, Winston-Salem, NC
Charles Darby, III, Kiawah Resort Associates, L.P., Charleston, SC
Barry Klemons, Archadeck of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC


Joshua Chodniewicz, Art.com, Raleigh, NC
Roger Derrough, John Warner, Mike Cianciarulo, Earth Fare, Inc.,
Asheville, NC
Barry Feld, PCA International, Inc., Matthews, NC

Business Services:

Thomas Finegan, Clarkston Consulting, Durham, NC
Michael Malone, MJM Investigations, Raleigh, NC
James McGroarty, Shamrock Environmental Corp., Greensboro, NC

For more information about the event visit the Entrepreneur of the Year Web site: www.carolinaseoy.com