Criteria for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Burton Goldfield helms TriNet Group, a firm that specializes in human resources outsourcing for thousands of small to mid-sized companies, as CEO. In 2013, for the second year in a row, Ernst & Young LLP named Burton Goldfield a finalist for the company’s Entrepreneur of the Year title for the northern California region.

For 27 years, Ernst & Young has sought the year’s best entrepreneur in nearly 150 American cities and more than 60 nations worldwide. Past winners include Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google. To be considered for the award, nominees should be owners or managers of companies that have at least $5 million in revenue and are at least two years old. They should be primarily responsible for their firm’s recent performance. Successful entrepreneurs are not necessarily their company’s founders, but are their current leaders, and are judged by their success in bringing these enterprises to the next level. Several criteria exist for judging candidates, such as the company’s financial performance, its impact on both the local and the global community, innovation skills and overall entrepreneurial spirit, and personal integrity and influence.