Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Announced in New Jersey

Winners to be Announced at the Awards Banquet on June 23

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

ISELIN, N.J., May 23, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP announced today the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(r) 2005 Awards in New Jersey. The 37 finalists, representing 30 New Jersey companies, were selected by a panel of independent judges comprised of area leaders from business, academic and civic organizations. Winners will be announced at an Awards banquet on June 23 at the Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck, NJ.

The New Jersey finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year are:

 -- A. Dale Mayo, Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.
 -- Helene Cole, Altara
 -- Richard Tasker, Karmjit Sidhu, Michael Eldredge, American Sensor
 -- Frank Casagrande, BusinessEdge Solutions, Inc.
 -- Michael Small, Centennial Communications Corporation
 -- George Castro, Century21 Atlantic Realtors, Inc.
 -- N. Robert Hammer, CommVault Systems, Inc.
 -- Thomas Cioffe, COMPSolutions PEO, Inc.
 -- Michael Becker, Cytogen Corporation
 -- Paul Chachko, Datagence, Inc.
 -- Diane Turton, Diane Turton, Realtors
 -- Arnold Lippa, Ph.D., DOV Pharmaceutical, Inc.
 -- Mark Newman, DRS Technologies, Inc.
 -- Marianna Rabinovitch, ECI Technology, Inc.
 -- David Seelinger, Empire International, Ltd.
 -- Francesco Musorrafiti, Engineering & Professional Services, Inc.
 -- Thomas Dackow, Interactive Technologies, Inc.
 -- Siby Vadakekkara, Marlabs Inc.
 -- Ronald Davi,, Joseph Davi, MD-X Solutions, Inc.
 -- Donald Drakeman, Ph. D., Medarex, Inc.
 -- Simon Basner, Roger Crosby, NYF Corporation
 -- Eric Park, Tony Park, NexTran Group, LLC
 -- Tracy Doyle, Phoenix Group Holdings, LLC
 -- Donald Samuels, Gary Samuels, Lester Samuels, Pictorial Offset
 -- Andrew B. Zezas, SIOR, Real Estate Strategies Corporation
 -- Adam Donnellan, Sunlight Systems, LLC
 -- Gamal Osman, TIFA International LLC/ TIFA Ltd.
 -- David Tierney, M.D., Valera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 -- Viswa Mandalapu, Vision Systems Group, Inc
 -- Thomas MacArthur, York Insurance Services Group, Inc.

New Jersey winners will be eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, November 17 - 20, 2005.

For reservations for the awards banquet on June 23, contact Sharon Knipper of Ernst & Young at (732) 516-3622 or by June 15th. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information about the awards program, visit

About The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(r) Program

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program in New Jersey, in its 18th year, is pleased to welcome local platinum sponsor Marsh, gold sponsors Curran & Connors and Doremus Financial Printing, and silver sponsors Geller & Company, NJBIZ, New Jersey Technology Council, Waggener Edstrom, and WithumSmith+Brown for 2005.

About Ernst & Young

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