Eight Tampa Bay area companies are among 27 statewide finalists named in the annual Ernst & Young "entrepreneur of the year" contest. Winners will be named June 16 and are eligible for national competition. The area's eight are: Business services: Michael K. Ferris, CEO, Valet Waste LLC, Tampa, and David P. Lyons, chairman, Saddle Creek Corp., Lakeland; Consumer services: Joseph Acebal and Richard Mikles, CEOs, Ideal Image Development Corp., Tampa, and Nick Friedman, president, and Omar Soliman, CEO, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Tampa; Distribution and manufacturing: A.D. "Sandy" MacKinnon, CEO, Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia, Tampa; Emerging: Bobby Harris, CEO, BlueGrace Logistics, Riverview; Retail and consumer: Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSN Inc., St. Petersburg; Technology: Ron Roma, CEO, Healthesystems LLC, Tampa.
Eight regional finalists named in Florida entrepreneur contest
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