Hornet Marine president named finalist for award

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Hornet Marine president David Hartmann is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 New England Award, the company announced.

Ernst & Young LLP said the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Award winners will be announced June 15 at a gala at the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel.

Hartmann was named a finalist for his success as president and CEO of Tiger Claw Inc. and as president of Hornet Marine.

“I am honored to be chosen as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and share this recognition with the teams at Tiger Claw and Hornet Marine,” Hartmann said in a statement. “Tiger Claw’s success would not have been possible without everyone’s commitment to innovation and personal development. I now look forward to continuing this focus on turning great ideas into reality with the ambitious and highly motivated team at Hornet Marine.”

Hartmann and business partners Dave and Don Martel founded Tiger Claw in 2001 with the goal of changing the deck-building industry through their deck-fastening system. OMG Inc. acquired the business and assets of Tiger Claw earlier this year for its FastenMaster division.

Hartmann and business partners Dave Martel, Jason Bolas and Erik Schubert started Bristol, Conn.-based Hornet Marine in late 2009 to build customizable high-performance powerboats.

Regional award winners are eligible for the Entrepreneur of the Year National Award, which will be announced in November.