CLIFTON, N.J., May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- EY today announced that CEO Abby Ayoub of Optical Academy is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the New Jersey Region.  The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Abby Ayoub was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.  

Abby Ayoub - EY Finalist

Meet the 2-time EY Finalist Abby Ayoub, CEO of Optical Academy. She and her team are disrupting a 34 Billion Dollar industry, The Optical Industry. Optical Academy is the leader in On-Site Eyecare, Eyewear, and Eye lab services for the largest Department of Education in the country and the largest Education Association in New Jersey, Along with their members and families.  Onsite Labs allow clients to enjoy the process of making their eyewear with Optical Academy.  

"It's an honor to have been chosen as a 2-time finalist among all the amazing CEO's announced. My team and I will make them proud. I hope to have Optical Academy franchise opportunities available in 2017. We are proud to be the leaders in On-Site Eyecare and Eyewear in the USA!"

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.  

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In New Jersey, sponsors also include PNC, DLA Piper, Morgan Lewis, Pine Hill Group, Murray Devine and SolomonEdwards.
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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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Media Contact: Shadia Richardson, Optical Academy, 1-800-530-2730 Ext. 3030,

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