LONG BEACH, CA – Jim Yates, president and CEO of Alliance Inspection Management (AiM), has been named a finalist for the 22nd annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Greater Los Angeles area. AiM is a North American new and pre-owned vehicle inspection company that combines breakthrough technology with deep industry experience to provide an independent bridge between buyers and sellers.

The company offers a comprehensive range of vehicle inspection services to verify the condition of new, off-lease, and fleet vehicles at vehicle assembly plants, rail yards, ports, customers' homes, dealers, and auctions. AiM conducts more than 10 million vehicle inspections annually.

Executives were selected as finalists from an original pool of 70 business leaders representing companies in the Greater Los Angeles area. Winners will be announced June 24. AiM is the only automotive-related company among the 18 finalists.

"These finalists are the best of the best, embodying the unique spirit of entrepreneurism," said Brian Ring, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program director for the Greater Los Angeles area. "They positively impact our region in a major way, through jobs, community growth, and development and innovation. Ernst & Young is proud to salute them."

Regional award recipients will be eligible for consideration in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year national program.