CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A field of 75 has been cut to 24 finalists for the Carolinas Entrepreneur of the year Award, sponsor Ernst and Young disclosed Friday.

Hugh McColl, a former chief executive officer of Bank of America and the chairman of McColl Partners, will receive the lifetime achievement award at the awards banquet on June 15. The Westin Charlotte is the site for the 20th annual event.

The finalists for the entrepreneur honor are:

  • Alex Kiriakides – Chairman, Atlas Food Systems and Services (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Bruton Smith – Chairman and CEO, Sonic Automotive, and Speedway Motorsports, (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • David Finch – President and CEO, ATCOM Business Telecom Solutions (RTP, N.C.)
  • David Jones – President and CEO, Peak 10 (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • David Swanson – CEO, R.H. Donnelley (Cary, N.C.)
  • Eric Pike – Chairman, President and CEO, Pike Electric (Mount Airy, N.C.)
  • Gary Cooper – President and CEO, Winyah Health Care Group, LLC (Georgetown, S.C.)
  • Glenn Mosack – President and CEO, Conbraco Industries, IN.C..- (Matthews, N.C.)
  • Gordon Thornton – Founder, G.S.T. Enterprises (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • James Ogle – CEO, IN.C. Research, INC. (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • John Boyd – CEO, TIC Properties, LLC (Greenville, S.C.)
  • John Campbell – CEO, Campbell Alliance (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Keith Luedeman – Founder and CEO, (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Mark Laport – President and CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprise Company (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Michael Dougherty – Chairman, President and CEO, Kindermusik International (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Michael Vadini – CEO, TITAN Technology Partners (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Nelson Marchioli – President and CEO, Denny’s Corporation (Spartanburg, S.C.)
  • Peter Durand – President and CEO, Integrian (RTP, N.C.)
  • Philip Maung – President and CEO, Hissho Sushi (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Rusty Carter – President, Atlantic Packaging (Wilmington, N.C.)
  • Scott Ray and Ryan Dienst – Founders, Global Medical Imaging, LLC (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Steve Fowler – President and CEO, Fowler Contracting (Cary, N.C.)
  • Tony Prince – Chairman, President and CEO, LURHQ (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
  • Vicky Mitchener – President, Dickens-Mitchener and Associates (Charlotte, N.C.)
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