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Atlanta’s Top Entrepreneurs

By Chip Rogers Posted June 10, 2013 5:16pm (EDT)
Entrepreneurs Continue to Drive Georgia's Economy

Entrepreneurs Continue to Drive Georgia's Economy


The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta Business Chronicle have identified their Business Person of the Year award winners.

150 nominations were made for categories that include different stages of entrepreneurs.

According to a press release from the Chamber the award winners include:

·         Early-Stage Entrepreneur (1-3 years) - Michael Nilan, CEO, TreeZero Paper

TreeZero manufactures and distributes paper derived from sugar cane waste as a replacement for tree fiber.

·         Emerging Entrepreneur (3-7 years) - Mark Gilreath, President & CEO, EndoChoice

EndoChoice supplies medical professionals in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy with innovative products, and provides imaging, devices, diagnostic technologies & infection control for specialists treating a wide range of GI diseases.

·         Experienced Entrepreneur (7+ years) - Richard Cavagnaro, President, AdEdge Water Technologies, LLC

AdEdge Water Technologies enhances the quality of people's lives by manufacturing and selling water treatment systems for multiple customers worldwide to remove various contaminants like arsenic from drinking water in municipalities in the U.S. and abroad.

·         Lifetime Achievement Award - Robert Balentine, Chairman & CEO, Balentine

Balentine is a fee-only registered investment advisory firm managing assets for individuals, families and non-profit institutions. 

Four individuals from universities also received recognition as "Startups to Watch":

·         Tad SpencerOwner, Tad's Tasty Treats, Kennesaw State University With a background in business, Spencer is living his passion by creating dessert pastries, breakfast breads and other baked goods for restaurants, caterers and corporate continental breakfasts.

·         Steve Dickerson, Founder & Chairman, SoftWear Automation, Inc., Georgia Tech In an effort to keep sewing costs down, SoftWear Automation has developed a patented technology for the sewn products industry.

·         Erika Tyburski, Research Specialist/Biomedical Engineer, AnemoCheck , Emory University & Georgia Tech AnemoCheck is a device that has the ability to test for anemia in your own home, eliminating the costs of a doctor's visit and lab tests.

·         Harmon Johar, Owner/CEO, World Entomophagy , University of Georgia World Entomophagy is using naturally processed insects to create products with safe and reputable insect ingredients.

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