Top entrepreneurs include tutoring, health centers


An article in the Business section June 28 omitted the name of one of the sponsors of this year's Entrepreneurs of the Year awards in Maryland. Ernst & Young is a national sponsor of the program.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Entrepreneurs running high-tech firms, a nonprofit foundation, mental health treatment facilities and tutoring centers were among Maryland's Entrepreneurs of the Year, announced last night.

The winners, announced at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, exemplify outstanding work in nine categories.

The program is sponsored nationally by Inc. magazine and Merrill Lynch and locally by the law firm Piper & Marbury, Sprint Business and The Baltimore Sun Co. Local winners are eligible for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award.

This year's winners:

* Emerging entrepreneur: Ethan Assal, president, Executive Presentations Inc., Rockville. The hardware sales, integration and training company is installing technology making it possible to print high-quality graphics from computer discs to paper. Founded in 1989. Number of employees: 90.

* Health services: James K. Don, president and chief executive, American Day Treatment Centers Inc., Annapolis. The company offers day hospital treatment for mental and emotional disorders and substance abuse at 16 facilities in six states. Founded in 1990. Number of employees: 200.

* Manufacturing: Paul F. Wooden Jr., president, Taylor Technologies Inc., Sparks. The company makes products for analyzing water quality and is a leading supplier of water-testing chemicals. Founded in 1930. Number of employees: 54.

* Real estate: William H. Carpenter Jr., president, Abraham Rosenthal, chief executive, Prime Retail Inc., Baltimore. The company develops, owns and manages discount factory outlet centers that drew 25 million customers last year. Founded in 1988. Number of employees: 360.

* Service/distribution: Robert B. Barnhill Jr., president and chief executive, Tessco Technologies Inc., Sparks. The company is a leading national distributor of wireless communication products. Founded in 1952. Number of employees: 116.

* Technology: Daniel J. Roche, president, Rapid Systems Solutions, Columbia. The company provides clients with information systems and technology. Founded in 1991. Number of employees: 110.

* Turnaround entrepreneur: Stephen E. Brucker, president and chief executive, Communications Systems Technology Inc., Columbia. The company specializes in the engineering and design of communications systems. Founded in 1986. Number of employees: 70.

* Socially responsible entrepreneur: Harlow Fullwood Jr., president, Fullwood Foundation Inc., Baltimore. The nonprofit foundation helps disadvantaged youths and nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1990.

* Master entrepreneur: Douglas L. Becker, president, R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric, chairman and chief executive, Sylvan Learning Systems Inc., Columbia. The firm provides tutoring to children and adults at 29 company-owned stores and 492 franchises. Founded in 1979. Number of employees: 1,169.

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