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Four Triangle Execs Receive Carolinas Entrepreneur of Year Honors

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four Triangle business executives walked away with top honors at the Ernst & Young's 20th annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the Carolinas on Thursday night.

David Swanson, chief executive officer of R. H. Donnelley in Cary, was recognized as the technology and communications entrepreneur of the year.

John Campbell, CEO of Raleigh-based Campbell Alliance, received the health sciences executive award.

Also, Peter Duran, president and CEO of Research Triangle Park-based Integrian, was recognized as the emerging entrepreneur of the year.

Finally, Steve Fowler, president and CEO of Fowler Contracting in Cary, received the real estate & construction entrepreneur of the year award.

Hugh McColl, a retired former CEO at Bank of America and chairman of McColl Partners, received the lifetime achievement award.

An independent panel of judges including business, academic and civic leaders picked the winners.

Other winners were:

  • Hospitality Entrepreneur Of The Year: Nelson Marchioli, president & CEO, Denny's Corporation (Spartanburg, SC)
  • Retail & Consumer Products Entrepreneur Of The Year: Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO, Sonic Automotive, Inc & Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (Charlotte, NC)
  • Industrial Products Entrepreneur Of The Year: Eric Pike, chairman, president and CEO, Pike Electric (Mount Airy, NC)
  • Services Entrepreneur Of The Year: Michael Dougherty, chairman, president and CEO, Kindermusik International (Greensboro, NC)
  • Regional winners will be eligible to compete for national E&Y entrepreneur honors, which will be presented in November.

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