Local Tech Wire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 27 finalists for in the Carolinas includes a number of executives from the high tech sector.

The finalists are:

• Leah Brown, A10 Clinical Solutions
• Jason Benham, Benham REO Group
• David Benham, Benham REO Group
• Randy Kibler, Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc.
• Joseph Alala, III, CapitalSouth Partners Funds
• Thomas Coble, Coble Trench Safety, Inc.
• Craig Collard, Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.
• Charles Swoboda, CREE
• Ben Weinberger, Digitalsmiths
• Matthew Berry, Digitalsmiths
• Ryan Dienst, GMI
• Scott Ray, GMI
• Keith Luedeman, goodmortgage.com
• Eric Kozlowski, Industrial Motion, Inc.
• Brian Pfeifer, Industrial Motion, Inc.
• Jane Zhang, JH Global Services, Inc.
• Steve Malik, Medfusion
• Mark Yusko, Morgan Creek Capital Management
• Judson Bowman, Pocketgear
• Sidney Hinton, PowerSecure International, Inc.
• Stephen Wiehe, SciQuest, Inc.
• Thomas Baliker, Spartan Foods of America, Inc.
• Lawrence Stern, Talecris Biotherapeutics
• Todd Pope, TransEnterix, Durham
• Carlos Gutierrez, United Resource Recovery Corporation
• Steve Puckett, USHIFU, LLC
• Douglas Witcher, Worldwide Insurance Network, Inc

E&Y will name winners in several categories on June 17 in Charlotte.

"Entrepreneurship is especially vital as our nation continues its recovery," said Kent Geer, partner and Carolinas Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program, in a statement. "These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging healthy growth, development and innovation in the local economies."

Regional winners will compete for national honors in November.

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