Ernst & Young LLP has announced that Mel Elias , President & CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Greater Los Angeles region. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 as the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. The Entrepreneur Of The Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Tuesday, June 18th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
Now in its 27th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc.,Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Greater Los Angeles, platinum sponsors include Marsh, Scherzer International, Smart Business, Union Bank and silver sponsors include Acacia Wealth Advisors, Avison Young, The Big Picture, CresaPartners and Strategic Equity Group.
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