BluePearl Veterinary Partners Receives Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in Florida

Tampa FL, Friday, June 11, 2010 – BluePearl Veterinary Partners today announced that CEO Darryl Shaw and Chief Medical Officer Neil Shaw, DVM, DACVIM  received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in Florida in the Services category. BluePearl Veterinary Partners was up against two other Florida businesses in the category that were selected as finalists from nearly 100 nominations. The award recipients were selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders and previous Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients.

The Florida award recipients for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

Central Florida

  • Emerging category – Bob Moore, chairman and chief executive officer, iGPS, Orlando
  • Technology category – Daniel J. Devine, chief executive officer, Compass Knowledge Group, Orlando

North Florida/Panhandle

  • Financial Services category – Kirk Moquin, co-chief executive officer, and Mark Thompson, co-chief executive officer, Enhanced Recovery Corporation, Jacksonville

South Florida

  • Retail, Consumer Products and Hospitality category – Christian de Berdouare, founder and chief executive officer, Chicken Kitchen USA, LLC, North Miami Beach
  • Real Estate and Construction Services category – Chaim Katzman, chairman, Gazit Globe, North Miami Beach

West Central Florida

  • Distribution, Manufacturing and Defense category – Gregory Celestan, chairman and chief executive officer, Celestar Corporation, Tampa
  • Health Services category – Dr. A.K. Desai, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Universal Health Care Group, Inc., St. Petersburg
  • Marketing, Media and Entertainment category – Benjamin C. Fertic, chief executive officer, World Triathlon Corporation, Tampa
  • Services category – Darryl Shaw, chief executive officer, and Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa

For the second year, Ernst & Young in Florida has also honored a young entrepreneur with its Youth Award for recognition of outstanding performance in Junior Achievement. This year’s recipient is Benjamin Carpenter, a freshman in the IB Program at King High School, Tampa. Carpenter organized and runs two not-for-profit organizations — Ben’s Mends, which takes in used and abused books, repairs them and donates them to not-for-profits that serve women, children and families; and Ben’s Mends Hearts, through which volunteers read to those who are not able to, or simply need a friend. Carpenter is also a patient ambassador for the Tampa Shriner’s Hospital and speaks on behalf of the hospital, Junior Achievement and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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 U.S. 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 more than 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.

All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on Nov. 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, Calif. 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, 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. Florida sponsors include Bowne, Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank, RFB Communications Group, Smart Business Network and Tribridge.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners is a group of specialty, referral and emergency hospitals in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee. The organization was formed in 2008 with the merger of Florida Veterinary Specialists with locations in Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater, Florida; Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center of Kansas City located in Overland Park, Kansas; and NYC Veterinary Specialists with locations in Manhattan and Queens. Since that time, BluePearl Veterinary Partners opened BluePearl Veterinary Partners referral practice in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. BluePearl Veterinary Partners has nearly 100 board-certified specialists and emergency veterinarians working throughout the organization.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 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.

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