Bob Mook | Business Journal Strategies Editor
High-tech and health-care entrepreneurs stood out among the 22 finalists for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in the Rocky Mountain Region, including Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Winners will be named June 12 at a banquet at the Denver Marriott City Center.
This year's finalists include a number of people familiar to Denver Business Journal readers through articles and profile pieces. Well-known finalists include:
? Wayne Berger, CEO of Berger & Co., one of the West's leading information technology consulting firms. Berger sold Berger & Co. last year to New York-based Career Horizons Inc., which subsequently merged with staffing giant AccuStaff.
? David Brunel, president and CEO of Unidata Inc., who took the company from startup to seven years of consistently profitable, double-digit growth. A 16-year veteran of the computing industry, Brunel is a native and resident of Boulder.
? Klaus Obermeyer, president and CEO of Aspen-based Sport Obermeyer. An Austrian native who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1940s, Obermeyer is regarded as a trendsetter in the ski and clothing industry.
? Carlos de Moraes, the head of the Aurora-based Custom Engineering Inc. An original founder and equity investor of CEI, De Moraes joined the company as an employee in 1981. Since then, CEI gained a reputation as one of the nation's top automation-design firms.
? Joe Tallman, Liz Snowden and Barry Wolcott of Informed Access Systems Inc., the Broomfield-based provider of phone triage servers for insurers and managed-care providers.
Other finalists are:
Barry Farah, The Personnel Department; Barnet Feinblum, Horizon Organic Dairy; Noel Ginsburg, Intertech Plastics; Tai-Dan Hsu, Pacific Western Technologies Ltd.; David Hunter, BI Incorporated; David Jacobs, Spyder Active Sports; Haroldd Krause, Crestcom International Ltd.; Jerome Lapin, American Coin Merchandise; Steve Meyers, Design Mechanical Inc.; Judith Orloff, Educational Discoveries Inc.; William Phillips, Experimental and Applied Sciences; Mikhail "Misha" Plam, Sievers Instruments Inc.; Susan Pratt, Pratt Properties; David Rapley, Rapley Engineering; Richard Saunders, Saunders Construction Inc.; David Stern, Research Systems Inc.; Bobby Stevenson, CIBER Inc.; and Dave Tollefson, Urban Farmer Inc.
Finalists in the Youth Category for young entrepreneurs area: Melissa Gollick, MelMaps; Mallory Gollick, Jungle Beans; Megan Neil, Laminations by Megan; and Kelly Hayden and Kylie Dohman, KK Kards.