Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Gala finalist Announced

Finalists have been announced for the 12th annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Gala on Nov. 13

By Tommy Villalobos, LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: October 20, 2014

Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Gala finalist Announced

Finalists have been announced for the 12th annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Gala on Nov. 13, celebrating the top business leaders in the region by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino.Spirit of the Entrepreneur logo

The black-tie gala will be held at the Riverside Convention Center. The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards event has honored the top business leaders of the inland region since its inception in 2003.

"This year's finalists are an impressive group of very innovative companies," said Mike Stull, founder of the event and director of IECE. "They truly are unique and represent the entrepreneurial mindset and spirit that this event celebrates."

The program will feature awards given out in nine categories, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 "Best of the Best" award. This honor will be prersented to one of the nine recipients who best exemplifies what it means to be an entrepreneur in terms of taking risks and building a successful enterprise that creates jobs and value where none existed before.

Entrepreneurial finalists for 2014 are:

Family Business

Steve and Kathy Nichols, Chino Valley Ranchers, Colton
Sheila Bath, Advance Disposal Co., Hesperia
Ray, Shaun, Nicole (Clesceri) Russell, and Angel Sanchez, Jr., Phenix Technology, Inc., Riverside
General Entrepreneur

Alan Boudreau, Boudreau Pipeline Corporation, Corona
Evan Cohen, Quality Marble & Granite, Ontario
Connie Lightcap, JC Supply & Manufacturing, Ontario
Innovator Entrepreneur

Shannon Illingworth, AVT, Inc., Corona
M. Sharon Rogone, Small Beginnings, Inc., Hesperia
Adel Sayegh, Universal Surveillance Systems, LLC, Rancho Cucamonga
Contract Manufacturing Entrepreneur

Mark Atchison, AMA Plastics, Riverside
Mark Peabody, Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc., Corona
Cheryl Young & Jennifer Hall, Ejay Filtration, Inc., Riverside
Manufacturing Entrepreneur

Michael Hellmers, ESL Power Systems, Inc., Corona
Jeffrey Lyall, R.W. Lyall & Company, Inc., Corona
Terri Rogers, O.W. Lee Co., Inc., Ontario
Service-Based Entrepreneur

Brad McDermith, Computer Options, Inc., Redlands
B.J. Patterson, Pacific Mountain Logistics, LLC, Ontario
Heather Petersen, National Merchants Association, Temecula
Small or Emerging Enterprise

Hari Dhiman, 88 Spirits Corporation, Ontario
Kenya Mills, Innovative Infusion Solutions, Corona
Gene Sherman, Vocademy, The Makerspace, Riverside
Social Entrepreneur

Yolanda Carrillo, Corona-Norco Family YMCA, Corona
Angela Janus, ShareKitchen, Cathedral City
Vici Nagel, Academy for Grassroots Organizations, Phelan
Supporter of Entrepreneurship

Tom Flavin and Joe Wallace, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Palm Springs
Hilda Kennedy, AmPac Tri State CDC, Grand Terrace
Paul Mata, Logos Lifetime Enterprises, Rancho Cucamonga
The finalists and award recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of past Spirit Award recipients. The 27 finalists represent the culmination of a nomination and evaluation process that included more than 130 nominees.

Individual tickets for the Nov. 13 event are $110 per person and tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,000. Special Premier VIP experience ticket packages are also available. For more information or to make reservations, call (909) 537-3708 or visit the event website.

Commencing at 5:30 p.m., the gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner, special entertainment guests and the awards presentation. All proceeds benefit the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Scholarship at Cal State San Bernardino.

About the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship

Located on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino, the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship was recognized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship as having the top specialty entrepreneurship program in the U.S. for 2010.

The IECE offers a wide range of programs and services including academic programs that lead to business degrees in entrepreneurship for undergraduate and graduate students as well as delivering experiential learning and student support programs such as the Fast Pitch Competition.

In the community, the IECE offers existing and aspiring entrepreneurs a wide array of business advisory and mentoring services, student internship and consulting resources, and entrepreneurial training programs that help them achieve greater levels of success in their business ventures.

Visit the IECE website for more information. http://iece.csusb.edu/

For more information about the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards, contact Mike Stull at (909) 537-3708 or email mstull@csusb.edu.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university's Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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