Edward A. “Ted” Tafaro, CEO of Exceptional Risk Advisors, has been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 New Jersey award.

Tafaro was selected as a finalist from among 50 nominated candidates for the award, which recognizes business leaders who demonstrate excellence and success in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“It’s an honor to be considered among the nation’s most innovative thought leaders,” Tafaro says. “Our team of specialty insurance professionals here at Exceptional Risk Advisors inspires me to uphold a strong and dynamic leadership style. An optimistic approach and commitment to entrepreneurial strategy is what propels us forward in challenging economic times.”

Award winners will be announced at a gala event near the end of June.