Four Research Triangle Park area executives received Entrepreneur of the Year award honors from the annual Ernst & Young contest.

Ryan Wuerch, chief executive officer of Motricity, won in the technology category.

“I am honored to be recognized by Ernst & Young for this prestigious award, and I share this award with the Motricity team,” said Wuerch. “Our employees’ dedication and commitment is a major reason for Motricity’s continued growth and success, enabling us to become the world’s largest provider of mobile content solutions.”

Victoria Haynes, who runs RTI international, was cited in the services category.

“The success we have enjoyed in recent years is a result of the creative spirit, innovation and hard work of our researchers, who have always been RTI’s most prized assets,” Haynes said in a statement. “While my name may appear on the award, I am proud to say this award was earned by every one of our team members at RTI.”

Dennis Dougherty, founder of venture capital firm Intersouth Partners, won in the financial services category.

Donald Holzworth of Constella Group was cited in health services.

Jim Goodnight, CEO at SAS, was cited for lifetime achievement.

Other winners included:

  • Charles Raymond, CEO of Horizon Lines in Charlotte, in manufacturing and distribution

  • Jeff Grady, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters of Charleston SC as “realizing business potential”

  • Vivian Wong of Pacific Gaterway Capital Group in Greenville SC for real estate and construction

  • Paul Sohmer of TriPath Imaging in Burlington NC for life sciences

  • Mike Cianciarulo and Roger Derrough, Earth Fare, Inc. of Asheville, in retail and consumer products.
  • Winners were selected by a panel of judges and are eligible to compete for national honors.

    The national entrepreneur of the year will be named in November.