Finalists from 24 firms in North and South Carolina have been selected as finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year event.

Winners will be announced June 26 in Charlotte.

The finalists are:

  • Ping Fu, Raindrop Geomagic, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • John Campbell, Campbell Alliance, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • John Hemingway, United Emergency Services Inc., Durham, North Carolina
  • Donald Holzworth, Constella Group, Inc., Durham, North

  • William Hudson, LC Industries, Durham, North Carolina
  • Christy Shaffer and Ben Yerxa, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,
    Durham, North Carolina

  • Robin Smith, Biologics, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dani Bolognesi, Trimeris, Inc., Durham, North Carolina
  • Carl Luna, Narasimhan Muralidhar, Sanford, North Carolina, USC
    Solutions, Inc.

  • Michael Malone, MJM Investigations, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Keith Luedeman,, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Matthew Michalewicz, NuTech Solutions, Inc., Charlotte, North

  • Billy Prim, Blue Rhino Corporation, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Jim Akerhielm, NewSouth Communications, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Billie Attaway Jr., Advanced Data Services, Inc. Mt. Pleasant,
    South Carolina

  • Hal Campbell, ACS Technologies, Florence, South Carolina
  • Guerry Green, Screen Tight, Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Mike Cianciarulo, Roger Derrough, John Warner, Earth Fare,
    Inc., Asheville, North Carolina

  • Floyd Chilton, Pilot Therapeutics, Charleston, South Carolina
  • John Charles Long Darby, The Beach Co., Charleston, South Carolina
  • Joe Erwin, Erwin-Penland, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina
  • Robert Hughes, Dennis Braasch, James Pustejovsky, J. Coleman
    Shouse, Institutional Resources, LLC, Greenville, South Carolina

  • Keith Ravan, Power Equipment Maintenance Anderson, South Carolina
  • Robert Scott, Universal Solutions, Charleston, South Carolina

Winners will be eligible for the overall National Entrepreneur Of The Year award and several national EOY category awards.

Neal Hunter of Cree, Inc. was named a 2002 national award recipient in the Technology category.

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