Ray Russell Founder of Freshslice Pizza Finalist in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year

BURNABY, BC, July 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Ray Russell, Founder and C.E.O. of Freshslice Pizza, has been nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Pacific 2016 awards program. Ernst & Young is recognizing an impressive group of Pacific region entrepreneurs for their financial performance, vision, leadership, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit.

The men and women who make up our finalists represent a range of industry sectors, that contribute to our vibrant business community. The finalists should be very proud to be part of such an exceptional group." says Lui Petrollini, Entrepreneur of The Year Pacific Program Director.

After an extensive process which included a preliminary qualification review, followed by an in-house three panel interview finishing with a 2 judge panel council screening, Russell said upon learning of his nomination, "I am incredibly proud of the entire team of our Franchisee partners who as strong, driven, dedicated entrepreneurs themselves, make our customer's experience the best in the business in my opinion".

An independent panel of judges will name winners in diverse categories, and one of the category winners as the overall Pacific winner. That winner will then compete with other parts of the country for the Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year title. That winner will go on to compete with winners from more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year, in June 2017.

About EY Entrepreneur of the Year™

EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the 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, EY 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 140 cities in 50 countries. The Pacific winners will be announced at a gala in Vancouver on 30 September 2016.

SOURCE Freshslice Pizza

Image with caption: "Ray Russell, Founder & C.E.O., Freshslice Pizza (CNW Group/Freshslice Pizza)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160720_C1787_PHOTO_EN_738974.jpg

Image with caption: "2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program (CNW Group/Freshslice Pizza)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160720_C1787_PHOTO_EN_738976.jpg

Image with caption: "Freshslice Pizza (CNW Group/Freshslice Pizza)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160720_C1787_PHOTO_EN_738972.jpg

For further information: Tom Horler, Freshslice Pizza, 604-251-7444 ext. 107, tom.horler@freshslice.com


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