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.
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.
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.
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