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2009 Ernst & Young Award

Cali Bamboo’s Founders, Jeff Goldberg, CEO, and Tanner Haigwood, COO Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2009 Award Winner in San Diego

Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Emerging Category

Cali Bamboo, marketing an array of bamboo green building products for construction and interior design, today announced that Jeff Goldberg, CEO, and Tanner Haigwood, COO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award in the Emerging category in San Diego, CA. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Goldberg and Haigwood were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on June 3, 2009.

“It was an honor to be named 2009 Entrepreneurs of the Year, and an exciting experience to win” says Jeff Goldberg. “It is a real testament to the hard work of everyone at our Company; the employees at Cali Bamboo are an essential key to earning this recognition.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“We are proud to recognize the achievements of Jeff and Tanner,” said Doug Obenshain, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Program Director for San Diego. “Winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region’s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.”

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As a San Diego award winner, Goldberg and Haigwood are now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. 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.

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