May 13, 2019


Kathleen R. McMorrow

The Communications Optic, LLC.

Phone: 973.665.8167

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Ms. Hetherington joins ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in New Jersey region

(Wanaque, NJ) Cynthia Hetherington, founder and president of Hetherington Group (Hg), has been named a finalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 New Jersey Awards program.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as financial performance, innovation and commitment to their businesses and communities. Prior winners from New Jersey include International Vitamin Corp, IT Cosmetics, NPS Pharmaceuticals, and Tumi.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Hg is a leader in investigative due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. For the past three years, Hg has shown a consistently strong 50% growth and is on track to expand operations by increasing staff numbers with a 50% increase in investigators and a 20% expansion in support staff.

“It’s sometimes hard to believe that my origins as the founder and president of an investigative firm started when I was a librarian in a New Jersey public library, but it’s those skills that brought me where I am today,” stated Ms. Hetherington. “The support and mentorship I’ve received in my 25 years in this business have taught me to work hard, work honestly, and work collaboratively with others. As a life-long resident of New Jersey, I’m proud to be named a 2019 finalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program with other innovative entrepreneurs of this powerhouse state.”

Ms. Hetherington leads national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her cyber investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in United States history.

As the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year has been at the forefront of identifying game‑changing business leaders for more than 33 years. The program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc., Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation, and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc.

Despite pop culture’s portrayal of investigators as burly security operatives and shady Sam Spades, Ms. Hetherington’s realized early that investigations are done with brains not brawn. Her determination to be successful equals her determination to help Hg’s clients be successful. With non-stop hustle, she delivers critical data through science-based investigations that secure her clients’ investments and reputations.

Success in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber-focused world means staying on top of emerging technologies and threats today, not tomorrow. To that end, Ms. Hetherington has trained over 180,000 professionals and is the author of three books on conducting cyber investigations. She shares her expertise through the publication of an industry newsletter, an online blog, and by hosting the annual OSMOSIS Conference. Ms. Hetherington is committed to encouraging young girls to enter the profession by offering free training to and RocketGirls, a program that empowers, motivates, and educates girls in cybersecurity.

New Jersey Award winners will be announced at the black-tie Entrepreneur Of The Year New Jersey Awards gala on June 20 in New Brunswick, NJ. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In New Jersey, sponsors also include DLA Piper and PNC.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.