Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in Greater Washington

Leesburg, VA – Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Greater Washington. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected from nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 20 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

The finalists are:

Peter Harris, Cadence, Inc.

Joseph A. Martore, CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

Craig P. Abod, Carahsoft Technology Corp.

Charles Segerman, Clean Currents Benefit LLC

Mark Brugger, DiamondRock Hospitality Company

Mahfuz Ahmed, Digital Intelligence Systems, LLC

Thomas M. Davidson, EverFi

Sharon D. Virts, FCi Federal

Sanjay Singh, hCentive, Inc.

Spencer Williamson, Intelliject, Inc.

Kenneth A. Samet, MedStar Health

Rob Samit, MyEyeDr.

Mehdi Tehranchi, Notable Solutions, Inc.

Bryan Gernert, Resonate

Tim McLaughlin, Siteworx, LLC

David Yaskin, Starfish Retention Solutions

Derek Cha, sweetFrog Enterprises, LLC

Avrum Elmakis, TDBBS, LLC

Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies, LLC

Paul Courtney + Paul Schlee, The Buffalo Group

Dan Frank, Three Wire Systems, LLC

Joel Holland, Video Blocks


Collectively, these finalists grew their company’s employment by 25% and their revenues by 30% between 2010 and 2012. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In GreaterWashington program sponsors include: CohnReznick, Pillsbury, PNC and the Washington Business Journal. Receptions are sponsored by Cassidy Turley, Lockton and SolomonEdwards.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

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View all finalists on the Ernst & Young site

Thursday, June 6, 2023