Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Announced in the Metro New York Area

Winners to be Announced at the Awards Banquet on June 15th

New York, New York, UNITED STATES


NEW YORK, May 25, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP announced today the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(r) Awards 2005 in the metro New York area. The 31 finalists from 24 companies were selected from nearly 50 nominations and inquiries, by a panel of independent judges comprised of area business leaders. The judges included: Mr. James Furnivall, General Partner, Canaan Partners, CT; Mr. Christopher Duda, Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co., NY; Mr. Irwin Simon, President & CEO, Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Long Island; Ms. Natalie Wood, Managing Director, Global Sales, Nasdaq Stock Market, NY; and Mr. Frank Morse, Managing Director, Carter Morse & Mathias, CT. Winners will be announced at an awards banquet on June 15th at the New York City Grand Hyatt.



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

 Accretive       Joseph V. Amella  Chairman,         Hauppauge,NY
  Solutions,Inc.                   President & Chief
                                    Executive


 Apparel         Jonathan Spier    Chief Executive    New York,NY
  Holdings Group                    Officer

 Axiom Legal     Mark Harris       Chief Executive    New York,NY
                                    Officer

 Cedar Shopping  Leo S. Ullman     Chairman, Chief    Port Washington,
  Centers,Inc.                      Executive Officer  NY
                                    & President


 CPI Aero        Edward J. Fred    Chief Executive    Edgewood,NY
                                    Officer & President

 Echo Design     Steven Roberts    President          New York,NY
  Group

 Greenfield      Dean A. Wiltse    President          Wilton,CT
  Online,Inc.                      & Chief Executive
                                     Officer

 Horn Group,Inc. Sabrina Horn      President, Chief   New York,NY
                                    Executive Officer
                                     & Founder

 Intellidyn      Peter E. Harvey   President & Chief  Berthpage,NY
   Inc.                                 Executive Officer

 Inter Parfums,  Jean Madar        Chairman of the    New York,NY
  Inc.                              Board & Chief
                                    Executive Officer

 International   David Krell       President and      New York,NY
  Exchange                          Chief Executive
  Securities                        Officer

 International    Gary Katz        Chief Operating    New York,NY
  Securities                        Officer
  Exchange

 International   Marty Averbuch    Co-Founder         New York,NY
  Securities
   Exchange

 International   William A. Porter Chairman Emeritus  New York,NY
  Securities
  Exchange

 Linkshare       Stephen D. Messer Chairman           New York,NY
                                    & Chief Executive
                                    Officer

 Medsite, Inc.   Sundeep Bhan      Chief Executive    New York,NY
                                    Officer
 NexVue          Daniel J. Schwartz President         Stamford,CT
  Information
  Systems

 Niche Media LLC Jason Binn        Chief Executive    New York,NY
                                    Officer

 Protection Plus Peter V. Christiansen
  Security        ,Esq.            President & Chief  Brooklyn,NY
  Consultants,Inc.                  Executive Officer

 Reprise Media   Joshua Stylman    Co-Founder and     New York,NY
                                    Managing Partner

 Reprise Media   Peter Hershberg   Co-Founder and     New York,NY
                                    Managing Partner

 Ruby Digital,   Loren J. Ball     President & Chief  Hauppague,NY
  Inc.                              Executive Officer

 RxUSA, Inc.     Mark S. Scovotti  Executive Vice     Port Washington
                                    President          NY

 RxUSA, Inc.     Robert C. Drucker President & Chief  Port Washington
                                    Executive Officer  NY

 SeamlessWeb     Jason R. Finger   Chief Executive    New York,NY
  Professional                      Officer
  Solutions, Inc.

 The Reserve     Bruce R. Bent     Chairman & Chief   New York,NY
  Funds                             Executive Officer

 Transmedia,Inc. Donald Leka       Chairman and Chief New York,NY
                                    Executive Officer

 Vineyard Vines  Ian Murray        Co-Founder and     Stamford,CT
                                    Chief Executive
                                    Officer

 Vineyard Vines  Shep Murray       Co-Founder and     Stamford,CT
                                    Chief Executive
                                    Officer

Metro New York 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, Calif., in November 2005.

Sponsors of the program include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Marsh, Curran & Connors, Doremus Financial Printing, Microsoft, Geller & Company and Waggener Edstrom Strategic Communications.

For reservations for the awards banquet on June 15th, visit www.ey.com/us/MetroNewYorkEOYAwards or contact Yoko van Horn of Ernst & Young at (212) 773-1615 or yoko.vanhorn@ey.com by Monday, June 6, 2005. Tickets are $225 per person. For more information about the awards program, visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.

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.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 100,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to all the members of the global Ernst & Young organization.

-- Note to Editors: Media are invited to attend the awards banquet for interview and photo opportunities. Please call Kathy Farrell at (203) 674-3208 as soon as possible to request a complimentary reservation. Press credentials must be presented.



        

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