September 27, 2010 – TiE Ohio (The International
Entrepreneur) presented its International Entrepreneur Awards
Ceremony last week where approximately two hundred attendees
celebrated local and foreign born entrepreneurs. The awards were
created to recognize the achievements of international entrepreneurs
and businesses helping to reshape and rebuild Ohio’s business
landscape and to highlight how international entrepreneurs
contribute to the local economy.
Baiju Shah, President of BioEnterprise and Co-Chair of TiE Ohio,
welcomed the audience by highlighting the importance of TiE Ohio in
building an ecosystem of immigrant and internationally-minded
entrepreneurs. Celebrating the triumphs of local entrepreneurs, like
Monte Ahuja, helps to inspire others and promote an entrepreneurial
The Awards Committee, led by TiE Ohio Charter Member and Board
Member Radhika Reddy from Ariel Ventures, considered various factors
in the selection process, including nominees’ U.S. and international
sales, number of jobs created, innovation in starting a business,
and involvement and leadership in the community.
Winners of the award in four categories were announced at the
ceremony. Ellis Yan (Technical Consumer Products) won in the
Immigrant Entrepreneur category (an immigrant entrepreneur who has
launched a successful business in Ohio). Other finalists were Jeeva
Akr from Electron Database Corp and Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita from Quality
Marlin Younker from US Endoscopy won in the International
Entrepreneur category (an American-born entrepreneur who has
expanded their business internationally). Other finalists were A.J.
Hyland from Hyland Software and Al Miller from Miller Weldmaster.
The winner in the Foreign Direct Investment category (an
international business that has established and expanded its
business operations in Ohio) is Philips Healthcare. Other finalists
were Roechling Glastic Composites and TATA Consulting Services.
In the Ohio international business category (an Ohio-headquartered
multinational business that has expanded its business globally)
Keithley Instruments was announced as the winner. Other finalists
were Steris and Veyance Technologies.
In addition to this year's finalists, Alan Schonberg, Co-Founder and
Chairman Emeritus of Management Recruiters International, and Maria
Pujana, M.D. President of Marise Jewelry Designs were presented with
the TiE Community Catalyst Award for their efforts to make the
region more globally connected. Mr. Schonberg stressed the
importance of welcoming immigrant entrepreneurs to the region to
help revive the economy.
Keynote speaker Monte Ahuja, Chairman and CEO of MURA Holdings LLC,
talked about the power of connections and shared his personal
The International Entrepreneurs (TiE) Ohio is an organization of
entrepreneurs who connect, network, and mentor globally to create
the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. TiE Ohio is the
50th chapter of the global TiE network. Founded in Silicon Valley by
immigrant tech entrepreneurs, TiE has 55 chapters around the globe.
TiE is now the world's largest organization for fostering
entrepreneurship; its members include some of the world's most
well-known entrepreneurs. TiE Ohio is poised to fulfill a critical
niche in Northeast Ohio's business development landscape by focusing
specifically on immigrant and minority entrepreneurs within the
region, and by encouraging other such entrepreneurs to consider NEO
as a place to launch their new businesses. TiE Ohio provides focused
support to entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, and business
education programming. Visit us at www.tieohio.org