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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) named Guardian Fueling Technologies LLC a winner of its Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Award. 

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.

"We've seen some truly inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs come through our program over the years,” said Mike Pattillo, program director for Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program. “There are many successful entrepreneurs in this world, but building something of long-term value takes incredible grit, persistence and ambition. We are proud to announce the 2020 Florida winners, unstoppable leaders who have thrived in adversity and continue to fuel growth around the globe. They are a wonderful addition to our global alumni community of past winners, and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to make an impact.”

Winners were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners.

Florida award winners were unveiled Oct. 8 during the program’s first virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of “Inside Edition.”
Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Florida Award are:

  • Nancy Smith, Analytic Partners, of Miami.
  • Chris Gannon, Bolay Restaurant Partners, of Palm Beach Gardens.
  • Joey D. Batchelor, Guardian Fueling Technologies LLC, of Jacksonville.
  • Maurice R. Ferré, MD, Insightec Inc., of Miami.
  • Howard B. Krass, IPD Analytics LLC, of Aventura.
  • Dagan T. Kasavana, Phoenix Tower International, of Boca Raton.
  • Taylor Hamilton and Jesse Tomalty, reCommerce, of Deerfield Beach.

Nominees were evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. 

Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards, to be announced Nov. 19 during a virtual awards gala.

The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum, a gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June 2021.

Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 U.S. executives.