RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Dennis Dougherty, the dean of venture capitalists in the Carolinas at Intersouth Partners, is one of the 30 finalists picked to compete for the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The E&Y honor is one of the most coveted in the region’s entrepreneurial community, and the winner will compete for national honors. The Carolinas winner will be announced on June 16 in Charlotte.

E&Y also plans to present its first lifetime achievement award, and that will go to Jim Goodnight, CEO and co-founder of SAS.

The entrepreneur finalist list is filled with executives from technology and life science firms. Some 100 executives served as judges to screen the initial nominees.

Also making the first cut were: Victoria Haynes of RTI International, Ryan Wuerch of fast-growing Motricity, Michael Murphy of Gentris, and Jan Turek of Biolex.

Other finalists from the Triangle are:

  • John Campbell – Campbell Alliance – Raleigh, NC
  • Robert Thomas – Charles & Colvard, Ltd. – Morrisville, NC
  • Donald Holzworth – Constella Group, Inc. – Durham, NC
  • Steve Fowler – Fowler Contracting – Cary, NC
  • Richard Guy – Nutrition & Fitness, Inc. – Fayetteville,NC
  • Robert Hatley – Paragon Commercial Bank – Raleigh, NC
  • Other finalists from the Carolinas include:

  • James Arnold – APEX Analytix – Greensboro, NC
  • Scott Fennell – Carolina Waste Services, LLC – Charleston, SC
  • Mike Cianciarulo – Earth Fare, Inc. – Asheville, NC
  • Roger Derrough – Earth Fare, Inc. – Asheville, NC
  • Alan Kahn – Kahn Development Company – Columbia, SC
  • Mary Norton – Moo Roo, LLC – Charleston, SC
  • Jeff Grady – Netalog, Inc. / Digital Lifestyle Outfitters –
    Charleston, SC

  • Jim Akerhielm – NuVox Communications – Greenville, SC
  • David Solomon – NuVox Communications – Greenville, SC
  • Vivian Wong – Pacific Gateway Capital Group LLC – Greenville, SC
  • Dennis Drew – The Sunshine House – Greenwood, SC
  • Dr. Paul Sohmer – TriPath Imaging, Inc. – Burlington, NC
  • John Owens – Ameritrust Mortgage Company LLC – Charlotte, NC
  • Joseph Drury – Bojangles Restaurants – Charlotte, NC
  • Kenneth Gill – CPI Security Systems – Charlotte, NC
  • Ryan Dienst – Global Medical Imaging, LLC – Charlotte, NC
  • Scott Ray – Global Medical Imaging, LLC – Charlotte, NC
  • Charles Raymond – Horizon Lines – Charlotte, NC
  • Kenneth Walker – Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. – Charlotte, NC
  • The national entrepreneur of the year winner will be named in November.

    For more information about the June program, see: www.carolinaseoy.ey.com

    CED To Honor ‘Excellence’ on June 15

    Speaking of awards, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development will present its annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards on June 15 at the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham.

    The event includes a reception, dinner and dancing.

    To register, visit: www.cednc.org/programs/entrepreneurial_excellence_awards/2005/