San Diego Recognition

USC Marshall alumnus named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego

June 15, 2017

David_Gilbert_EOY_2017A decade ago, David Gilbert '98, was named 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lloyd Greif Center of Entrepreneurial Studies. Now he’s winning recognition for his entrepreneurial skills once again: Gilbert was named EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the finance category for the San Diego region at a gala ceremony June 12.

Gilbert, who earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from USC Marshall, is the founder and CEO of National Funding, a leading financial technology company for small and medium-sized businesses.

"It’s a distinct honor to win this award,” said Gilbert. “It’s great to be in the company of men and women who see past the present to create the future. Through their leadership, they help the economy and our local communities grow. This recognition reflects the efforts of our entire National Funding team, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Gilbert was selected by an independent panel of judges.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  In San Diego, the sponsors of Entrepreneur of the Year include Cooley LLP and Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC.

EY has honored entrepreneurs across categories since 1986.