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Abbas Yazdani, chief executive officer of Artel Inc., (left) was named the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington in the government IT category. Yazdani was presented the award June 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner hotel in McLean. Va.

Local business leaders recognized at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 Awards were from left: William Angrick III, Liquidity Services Inc.; Abbas Yazdani, Artel Inc.; Donald Wood, Federal Realty Investment Trust; Evan Jones, Digene Corp.; Timothy Kennan, High Performance Technologies Inc.; Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury Inc.; Brian Hendricks, StartUpPC; Sid Banerjee, Claraview Inc.; Steven Shindler, NII Holdings Inc.; John Kealey, iDirect Technologies; and David Eisner, Dataprise Inc.

Abbas Yazdani of Artel (center) with Fred Grandy of News Talk 630 WMAL (left) and Craig Chason of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Photos by Juan Carlos Briceno of Fotobriceno

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