Forty Utahns representing 27 companies are finalists for the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The winners will be announced at a sold-out gala at the Salt Palace Convention Center that begins at 6:30 tonight. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend.
Candidates also are being considered for honors in eight other categories.
Utah region finalists are:
Bette Gibson » Academy for Creating Enterprise
Stephen Gibson » Academy for Creating Enterprise
Alison Chuntz » Alison's Pantry
Keith Moeller » American Biotech Labs
Scott Moeller » American Biotech Labs
Jessica Norie » Artspace
Scott Johnson » AtTask Inc.
Jeff Anderson », Audio Enhancement
Marc Bingham » Blue Diamond Capital
Matthew Heaton » BlueHost
Ryan DeLuca » Bodybuilding.com LLC
Andrea Anaya » Career Step
Kate Maloney » Costume Craze
Charles Freedman » DownEast Outfitters
Jonathan Freedman » DownEast Outfitters
William Freedman » DownEast Outfitters
David Flynn » Fusion-io
Rick White » Fusion-io
Dallin Larsen » MonaVie
Sylvia Medina » North Wind
Jay Beam » OrangeSoda
Douglas Sayer » Premier Technology
Gary Goodrich » Pro-Pay
Chris Jensen » Pro-Pay
Richard Sorensen » Pro-Pay
Kody Bateman » SendOutCards
Eric Laver » SendOutCards
James Higgins » Smile Reminder
Charley Johnson » SnugZ USA
Brandon Mackay » SnugZ USA
Steve Bain » Spring Mobile/Simply Mac
Jason Ellis » Spring Mobile/Simply Mac
Richard Reese » Standard Plumbing Supply
Matt Minkevitch » The Road Home
Inger Erickson » Uppercase Living
Jeff Wilson » Uppercase Living
David Wadman » Wadman Corp.
Robert Pedersen » ZAGG
Most finalists were self-nominated or were recommended by sponsors of the award.
Sponsors are the Deseret News , Digital Bytes, Diversified Insurance Brokers, Scherzer International, Spring2 Technology, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Summit Group and Utah Business magazine.
The Utah winner will be eligible for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year national award.