EY names five Virginians as mid-Atlantic entrepreneurs of the year
Four NoVa companies represented in annual Ernst & Young regional awards
Virginia businesspeople took home five of the 12 Entrepreneur of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards announced last week by multinational professional services company Ernst & Young LLP.
The Virginia winners for the 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Mid-Atlantic Award were:
- 3Pillar Global Inc. | David DeWolf, Fairfax
- HUNGRY Marketplace | Jeff Grass and Shy Pahlevani, Arlington
- Intelligent Waves LLC | Jared Shepard, Reston
- Somatus Inc. | Dr. Ikenna Okezie, McLean
The regional award program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Nominees are evaluated based on overcoming adversity, financial performance, societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company, innovation and talent management. All regional winners are eligible for EY’s 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year U.S. National Awards, which will be announced Nov. 19.
“There are many successful entrepreneurs in this world, but building something of long-term value takes grit, persistence and a sense of ambition where nothing is impossible,” AJ Jordan, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year program director, said in a statement. “EY is proud to honor these unstoppable visionaries who are inspiring innovation without limitation and fueling growth around the globe. They are a wonderful addition to our global alumni community of past winners, and we look forward to serving as a resource as they continue to make an impact.”
Since its 1986 inception, the program has recognized more than 10,000 business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
“I’ve always endeavored to make 3Pillar a company that is not only the best of the best professionally, but also a business that recognizes and invests in our people and community,” DeWolf said in a statement. “It’s an honor to join this community of fellow business leaders working to build values-focused organizations.” 3Pillar was founded in 2006 and creates software for media and publishing companies, information services companies and retail companies.
Intelligent Waves is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, founded in 2006 by Shepard, who served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. The company provides systems engineering, cloud computing and managed services, cyber and security architecture, mobility and operations and intelligence analytics.
Founded in 2016, HUNGRY Marketplace hosts a national platform for top chef-made food production and delivery services including business and event catering, contracted meal delivery services and home meal delivery. Also founded in 2016, Somatus partners with health plans, health systems, nephrology and primary care groups to provide care for patients with or at risk of developing kidney disease.
“When I founded Somatus in 2016, I did so because patients with or at risk of developing kidney disease deserve to be empowered to achieve their best health. To do so well, though, takes a team,” Okezie said in a statement. “This award is recognition of the outsized performance and perseverance of the Somatus team in delivering a higher quality and more efficient healthcare experience for our patients and partners.”