May 30, 2006—Olivia today announced Judy Dlugacz and Amy Errett as finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 Award in the Northern California Region.
According to Ernst & Young, the awards program was designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national and global level who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. Judy Dlugacz and Amy Errett were selected as finalists from more than 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special 20th anniversary gala event on June 16th at The Fairmont in San Francisco.
“We are extremely excited and honored to have been nominated for such a prestigious award,” said Amy Errett, CEO of Olivia. “As nominees, we are in such good company and this only proves that LGBT businesses are examples of well run companies and can compete with some of the nation’s best. We are truly humbled.”
“For more than 30 years, Olivia has always been at the forefront of providing the LGBT community with top quality services and we are proud to represent our community,” added Judy Dlugacz, founder and president of Olivia. “We provide fun, interesting and transformative vacations and are expanding into a full fledged lifestyle company for lesbians.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2006. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.
Olivia is the lifestyle brand focused exclusively on understanding lesbians and delivering premium products and services that connect and celebrate their lives. Originally founded as a record label in 1973, the San Francisco-based company has evolved into the leader in lesbian travel, offering extraordinary vacations for lesbians to some of the world’s most exclusive destinations and featuring top entertainers including Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Etheridge and cast members from Showtime's original hit series, "The L Word." In addition to travel, Olivia offers an Olivia Visa rewards credit card and in 2007 will be launching Olivia.com, an online community, content and resource destination for lesbians, Olivia Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for lesbians, Olivia Membership, a program offering special benefits and resources for lesbians, including insurance and financial services, retail discounts, access to entertainment and heath and fitness resources, and Olivia Living, an active-adult resort retirement community.
Visibility and empowerment for lesbians is at the heart of everything Olivia does. It is proud to sponsor top out athletes Sheryl Swoopes and Rosie Jones and support a number of Women's and Lesbian and Gay organizations, donating more than $400,000 to groups working to empower and transform lives of women and lesbians. For more information on Olivia, visit www.olivia.com .
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.
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