Miss Kim was one of four finalists nominated in the financial services category. The others include: Ronald F. Clarke, president & CEO of FleetCor Technologies, Inc.; Gerald J. Ford, Chairman of the Board of Diamond A-Ford Corporation;
“This whole process has been a tremendous honor,” Ms. Kim said. “It is humbling to be counted amongst the nation’s most brilliant entrepreneurial minds and I remain grateful to Hana employees, clients and friends who have enabled me to pursue my passion.”
The E&Y award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
E&Y recognized Ms. Kim for creating the dynamic financial institution Hana Financial, Inc., redefining the roles of women in Asian enterprises, and taking a risk on starting up home mortgage lending amidst the nation’s worst housing market collapse since the Great Depression. Over the past 17 years, Hana Financial’s hundreds of clients have generated $14 billion. Today, Hana Financial, Inc. has evolved into one of the nation’s top-10 factors, one of the nation’s top-20 SBA lenders, and an up-and-coming player in mortgage lending.
Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
The Forum is the nation’s premier gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. A total of 40 finalists were chosen across 10 categories by an independent panel of judges from 260 regional award recipients representing 244 companies.
The 10 category-specific national winners are: Media, Entertainment and Communications, Michael T. Fries, President and CEO, Liberty Global; Real Estate, Construction and Lodging, Gary Jabara, President and CEO, Mobilitie, LLC; Distribution and Manufacturing, Eric Lofquist, Founder, Co-owner and President / CEO, Magnus International Group; Emerging, Tonya Mallory, President, CEO and Co-founder, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources, Michael G. O’Neill, Founder and CEO, Preferred Sands; Life Sciences, Joe Kiani, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Masimo Corporation;
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder & CEO, of Chobani, Inc., was named the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Overall Award winner for his company’s role as a catalyst in the nation’s Greek yogurt health boom.