Spirit of the Entrepreneur Finalists Announced for the Nov. 19 Gala Event

October
04
2013
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26 outstanding entrepreneurs selected as finalists from a pool of more than 160 nominees!

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., October 4, 2013 – The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino announced the finalists for this year’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program. The award recipients will be announced at the Nov. 19 black-tie gala at the Ontario Convention Center.

"The judges had a very difficult task in selecting the finalists," said Mike Stull, director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship. "Once again we had some phenomenal companies that are doing really innovative things and have truly inspiring stories. Despite the economic conditions over the last few years, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here in the Inland Empire."

The 2013 Inland Empire entrepreneurial finalists include:

Corporate Entrepreneur

  • Bruce Himes - Western Water Works Supply Company - Chino Hills
  • Phil Kurtz - Wetmore Tool and Engineering Co. - Chino
  • Roger Orton - Globe Plastics - Chino
  • Emerging Entrepreneur

  • Bob Kunesh - SacTec Solar, Inc. - Palm Springs
  • Levi Vincent - PSTalent.com, LLC - Palm Springs
  • Family Business

  • Tony Falco - Accurate Leak Locators, Inc. - Menifee
  • Jae, Robert & Sue Boyd - Boyd Specialties Manufacturing - Colton
  • Satya Singh - Food Tech Enterprises - Corona
  • General Entrepreneur

  • Gary & Sally Myers - BMW Management - Temecula
  • Linda Smith - Four-D College - Colton
  • Kostas Vitakis - Vitco Food Services - Fontana
  • Manufacturing Entrepreneur

  • Chris Kuran - Waterstone Faucets - Murrieta
  • Donna Pursell - Prestige Mold, Inc. - Rancho Cucamonga
  • John Suhr & Steve Smith - JS Technologies Inc. - Lake Elsinore
  • Service-Based Entrepreneur

  • Dan Hill - Mach One Air Charters, Inc. - Chino
  • Christopher Francis - Logos Architecture, Inc. - Corona
  • Connie Threlkel - Goodfaith Medical Transportation Co., Inc. - San Bernardino
  • Small Enterprise

  • Joan Nguyen - MeriEducation - Riverside
  • C.J. Sillers & Sarah Sillers - Brewcakes - Redlands
  • Sandy Slade - Skillastics - Corona
  • Social Entrepreneur

  • Willa Bagwell - Animal Friends of the Valleys - Wildomar
  • Karen DiCarlo - Santa Claus, Inc. - San Bernardino
  • Terrance Stone - Young Visionaries - San Bernardino
  • Technology Entrepreneur

  • Drew Jorgenson - OmniPlatform - Riverside
  • Kevin Mahaffy & Eric Schmidt - EXQUADRUM, Inc. - Adelanto
  • Brad McDermith - Computer Options, Inc. - Redlands
  • The 11th Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at the Ontario Convention Center. The gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and awards. For more information or to make reservations, call (909) 537-3708.

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