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Kurion CEO John Raymont Selected as a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® for Orange County

Originally Published on 06/12/2012

Kurion CEO John Raymont Selected as a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® for Orange County

Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Business Services Category

​IRVINE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, today announced that Founder and CEO John Raymont received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the business services category for the Orange County region. E&Y seeks to recognize entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Five award winners were named at a special gala on June 7. Winners were selected from over 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

“I’m honored to receive the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, which caps a tremendous year for the Kurion team”

“I’m honored to receive the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, which caps a tremendous year for the Kurion team,” said John Raymont, Kurion founder and CEO. “We faced an incredible challenge and opportunity to assist with the cleanup at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. It was the selection of Kurion and delivery of our critical cesium removal system in only five weeks that tested the team and propelled the company‘s growth, most recently enabling the company to acquire the GeoMelt® technologies.”

“John and his remarkable team of industry experts have consistently under promised and over delivered, whether at Fukushima or in meeting other technology development goals,” said lead investor Josh Wolfe, founding partner and managing director of Lux Capital. “The Kurion system was part of an unprecedented effort by an international team of leading radioactive waste management companies to quickly deliver the first-ever external cooling system for a nuclear reactor, with Kurion the sole American company in a lead position.”

As an Orange County region award winner, Raymont is eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

About Kurion

Kurion provides innovative, easily deployable technologies to accelerate project performance and compliance and substantially reduce customer radioactive waste management life-cycle costs. Founded in 2008, Kurion is backed by leading energy investors Lux Capital and Firelake Capital Management. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Kurion operates a Technology Development Center at its radioactive materials licensed facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., a “cold” non-radioactive test facility in Richland, Wash. and performs “hot” radioactive testing atPNNL in Richland, Wash. For more information, please visit www.kurion.com.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. The unique awards 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 award 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 more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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