May 17, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio – EY has announced that Arria Hines, President and CEO of Allegheny Science & Technology (AST), is among the finalists for its Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the East Central Region. This awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Ms. Hines was selected as an East Central region finalist by a panel of independent judges.

“It truly is an honor to be nominated alongside such a dynamic group of entrepreneurs. My professional success is truly defined by my business partner, Bob Wentz, my team and those who have worked alongside during this journey” said Ms. Hines. “This truly has been a wonderful experience and I am honored to be named a finalist.”

Started in 1986 by the accounting and professional services giant EY, the Entrepreneur Of the Year® program is now in its 32nd year and has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries worldwide. Within the United States are 21 regional programs encompassing all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program has recognized over 10,000 outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses — businesses that influence the way we live, the products and services we depend on, and the economic vibrancy of our local communities and global markets.

“Every year, we are impressed by the ingenuity, passion, and undying optimism exuded by the entrepreneurs we meet and honor through this awards program. They don’t follow trends – they define them. EY is proud to celebrate the East Central finalists in this year’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® program,” said Craig Glazier, EY’s East Central awards program director.

Regional award finalists are eligible for consideration for in Entrepreneur Of The Year’s U.S. National Awards that include a series of categories and an “Overall” winner. This year, national level winners will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year® National Awards gala to be held in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The winner of the U.S. national award then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year ® Award scheduled to be held in Monaco in June 2019.

About AST
Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) is a woman-owned technology and energy consulting firm with expertise in applied science & engineering, program strategy & implementation, and IT development & analysis. AST integrates science and technology to deliver personalized service and trusted solutions for government and commercial clients.

Founded in 2009, AST has offices in Washington, D.C., Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Denver, CO. It is the recipient of numerous industry and government awards for innovation, client service, engineering expertise, and rapid growth including the Inc. 500 fastest growing private companies in America.

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