Celebrating the 35th class of unstoppable entrepreneurs who transform the Pacific Southwest and beyond
San Diego, July 13 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Chief Executive Officer Maritza Diaz of ITJuana was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Pacific Southwest – San Diego Award finalist. Now in its 35th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond.
Maritza was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021 and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.
Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.
Founded in 2019, ITJuana’s mission is to help its clients create “technology centers of excellence” in Tijuana. “I started ITJuana with a simple mission,” said Diaz, founder and chief executive officer. “We want to enable companies to create their Software Centers of Excellence in Tijuana, leveraging Baja California’s wealth of world-class engineering talent.”
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America.
In the Pacific Southwest- San Diego Region sponsors also include Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC (Premium Sponsor), Cooley (Supporting Sponsor) and PNC Bank, N.A (Supporting Sponsor).
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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Join us for the virtual award celebration
On Thursday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. PT, EY will recognize the 2021 finalists and announce the Pacific Southwest – San Diego award winners. Register here: https://lnkd.in/gthEXQu