Not surprised by this announcement…

OC Auto Team (Tustin Mazda, Huntington Beach Mazda and Tustin Hyundai) today announced that it’s President, John Patterson is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Award in Orange County.

According to Ernst & Young LLP, 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. John was selected as a semi-finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 140 cities and over 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 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 12, 2011.

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, and is held from November 9-13, 2011.