Thirty New Jersey businesspeople were announced as finalists in the New Jersey region for the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
The awards, now in their 31st year, take place in over 145 cities in 60 countries around the world. Each year, EY honors nominees for their initiative to transform markets and industries, as well as their contributions to their communities through job creation and innovation.
One of the finalists will be named the New Jersey winner at a gala June 29 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. The winner will then be eligible for awards in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Overall National Award, which will be announced Nov. 18.
The finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges.
One award already has been determined. Ralph Zucker, president of Somerset Development, will be the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Visionary Award for his collaborative efforts to identify a solution for the future of one of the country’s most celebrated architecturally and historically significant buildings, the iconic former Bell Labs facility in Holmdel.
Here’s a list of the 30 New Jersey finalists: