Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist Reception

On April 29th I attended the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year reception as a semi-finalist. I was in good company, with some impressive Rocky Mountain entrepreneurs including Mr. John Griffith from Alpine Waste & Recycling and Mr. Kevin Reddy from Noodles & Company — and those were just my fellow nominees!  Judges included heavy hitters like Mr. Scott Scheirman, CFO of Western Union and Ms. Katie Scherping, CFO of Red Robin.

The reception took place at the Cherry Hills Country Club and involved two 9-minute interviews with two of the eight judges.  Personally, I met with Katie Scherping and Mr. Ray BonAnno, CEO of Fleet Car Carriers.   During the reception itself I also chatted with Vice President of Goldman, Sachs & Co Karen Han.

In the following week the judges deliberated on the 35 semi-finalists to determine the finalists, who will be attending the next round of festivities later this month. Sadly, I wasn’t among them. The lone finalist from the Rocky Mountain Region then attends the nationals in Palm Springs. And the lone finalist from the nationals attends the international round in Monaco next spring.  If at first you don’t succeed, try try again…