AC Lens President, Peter Clarkson, Named 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist


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Finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 awards in South Central Ohio and Kentucky announced

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 18, 2010 - Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in South Central Ohio and Kentucky. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 24th, 2010 at the Duke Energy Center.

"Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation," said Alan Greenwell, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for South Central Ohio and Kentucky. "These finalists help our region create jobs, while encouraging community growth, development and innovation. We are pleased to honor them."

The South Central Ohio and Kentucky finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

Dr. Peter Clarkson
AC Lens

Carey Smith
Big Ass Fans

Phillip Rielly

Raymond Bohac
CallCopy, Inc.

Robert Evans
Churchill Downs, Inc.

Mark Crane
GLI's Enterprise Corp.

Andrew Jacobs
Influent, Inc.

Craig Jones
Jones Plastic & Engineering Corp.

Jim Kennedy
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group

Cedric Francois
Potentia Pharmaceuticals

Andrew Beck
River Road Asset Management, LLC

Rob Daly
Silverstone Advisors

Mike Lyons
Simpak International, LLC

Matt Kubancik
Street Moda, LLC

Rick Kueber
Sun Tan City

Billy Cyr
Sunny Delight Beverages Co.

Tim Morrison
The Geode Group

Christopher Morrison
The Geode Group

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall national US winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in June.

This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in each region, including local business, academic and community leaders.

All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors. In South Central Ohio and Kentucky, sponsors include Thompson Hine LLP and SmartBusiness Magazine.

Contact information

To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on June 24th, 2010, contact Jen Frost of Ernst & Young at 513.612.1668 or by June 10th, 2010. Tickets are $150 per person/$1500 table of 10. For more information about the program, please visit

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

About AC Lens

Arlington Contact Lens Service Inc, dba AC Lens, is a leading online supplier of contact lenses and vision care accessories. The company carries all major contact lens brands including Acuvue, Air Optix, and Bausch & Lomb. Vision care accessories such as sunglasses, reading glasses, and contact lens solution allows buyers to purchase all of their vision care needs in one location at industry low prices. AC Lens offers users unique features including un-biased customer product reviews, quick re-order option, vision care blog, and the largest contact lens forum online. For more information, visit,, or follow us on Twitter @aclens.

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