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M-Audio CEO Named Entrepreneur of the Year

M-Audio's founder and CEO Tim Ryan was named the 2002 Los Angeles Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Media/Entertainment category. The

M-Audio’s founder and CEO Tim Ryan was named the 2002 Los AngelesErnst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in theMedia/Entertainment category. The awards banquet was held Wednesday,June 26, in Hollywood and Highland’s Grand Ballroom.

Mr. Ryan was recognized for founding and guiding a company that iscurrently one of the dominant suppliers in the computer-centric digitalaudio arena and one of the key players in the desktop recordingrevolution. According to the company, its vision is to increasevirtualization, musical malleability, performance control andportability to an unprecedented level.

While working toward a B.A. in Applied Mathematics at the CaliforniaInstitute of Technology, Mr. Ryan co-founded his first company, ConBrio, which developed and manufactured cutting-edge digital musicsynthesizers. In 1982, he went on to co-found Third Street Software, asoftware development company that did contract development for theCommodore 64 and Apple II computers, and later specialized in musicsoftware development.

In 1989, Mr. Ryan founded Music Soft, a music software company thatwas later renamed to Midiman to reflect its increasing development andmarketing of MIDI music-related hardware products.

Winners of Los Angeles regional honors are now eligible for theNational Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which will be announced at ablack-tie gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 23.The Entrepreneurof the Year Award recognizes business leaders who have demonstratedoutstanding success in such areas as innovation, financial performance,and personal commitment to their business and community. LosAngeles’ award recipients were selected by an independent panelof judges from business, academic and civic organizations.

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