Twenty-three executives from North and South Carolina are finalists for “Entrepreneur of the Year” honors as selected by Ernst & Young.

Winners will be recognized on June 9 at a banquet in Charlotte.

James Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of Duke Energy will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Previous award winners, investors and regional leaders are the judges.

“These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging community development and innovation in our broader economy,” said David Hood, Entrepreneur Of The Year Carolinas Program Director. “No matter who wins on June 9, we know one thing for sure – the Carolinas is enriched by every one of these finalists.”

The finalists:

  • Abraham Reichental

President & CEO 3D Systems Corporation

  • Charles Hull

CTO, EVP & Founder 3D Systems Corporation

  • Burney Jennings Jr.

President & CEO Biscuitville, Inc.

  • Ted Rollins

Co-Founder Campus Crest Communities

  • Michael Hartnett

Co-Founder Campus Crest Communities

  • William McMahon

President & CEO CoaLogix, Inc.

  • Tom Coble

President & CEO Coble Trench Safety

  • Terry Brown

CEO Edens & Avant

  • Dale Freudenberger

President & Co-Founder FLS Energy

  • Madhu Beriwal

President & CEO IEM

  • Steve Parker Jr.

Managing Partner & Co-Founder Levelwing

  • Jeff Adelson-Yan

Co-Founder Levelwing

  • Neal Fowler

CEO Liquidia Technologies Inc.

  • Joseph DeSimone

Founder Liquidia Technologies Inc.

  • W. Richard Staub III

President & CEO Novella Clinical Inc.

  • Gary Robinette

President & CEO Ply Gem Holdings, Inc.

  • Colin Shannon

President & CEO PRA International

  • Ric Elias

CEO & Founder Red Ventures

  • Jesse Lipson

CEO ShareFile

  • Richard Byrne

CEO TowerCo

  • Peter Gasca Jr.

Co-Founder & CEO Wild Creations

  • Rhett Power

Co-Founder & President Wild Creations

  • Stephen Light

President, CEO & Chairman Xerium Technologies, Inc.

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