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EY names regional Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

April 28, 2017
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Jason Wenk
Jason Wenk. Courtesy FormulaFolios

Seven West Michigan executives have been named finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.

EY, a global accounting and advisory firm, said yesterday it selected 29 Michigan and Northwest Ohio finalists for the 2017 award.

Regional award

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The regional finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. EY will announce the regional award winners at a gala on June 21 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

National award

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Award winners in several categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 18.

Global award

The Entrepreneur of the Year Overall National Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

West Michigan finalists

Denise Crawford, Family Health Center, Kalamazoo

Jason Wenk, FormulaFolio Investments, Grand Rapids

Jeff Grasman, Grand Equipment Company, Hudsonville

Wade Wyant, ITS Partners, Grand Rapids

Alan Mack, NxGen MDx, Grand Rapids

Steve Peacock, PRO-VISION Video Systems, Byron Center

Birgit Klohs, The Right Place, Grand Rapids

Other regional finalists

Jan Akervall and Sassa Akervall, Akervall Technologies, Saline

David Dauch, American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Detroit

Adrienne Way, Edcor Data Services, Troy

Laura Varon Brown, Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit

Chris McCuiston and Jenny McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School Franchising, Troy

Damien Rocchi, Grand Circus Detroit

Lon Offenbacher, Inteva Products

Matthew O’Bryan, KLA Laboratories, Dearborn

Brad Oleshansky, M1 Concourse, Pontiac

Brent Parent, Material Handling Services, Perrysburg, Ohio

Doug Armstrong, North Star Reach, Ann Arbor

Tom Shea and Bob Powers, OneStream Software, Rochester

Kirk Vercnocke, Phoenix Innovate, Troy

Charles Stocking and Carol Stocking, Principle Business Enterprises, Bowling Green, Ohio

Chris Rizik, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Ann Arbor

Barry Spilman and Peter Osten, RPM, Royal Oak

Mike Jennings, Secure-24, Southfield

Royce Neubauerm, Service First Logistics Inc., Auburn Hills

Molly MacDonald, The Pink Fund, Bloomfield Hills

Phil Brabbs, Torrent Consulting, Ann Arbor

Jason Vazzano and Kurt Steckling, Vectorform, Royal Oak

Carla Walker-Miller, Walker-Miller Energy Services, Detroit

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