Robert Edmund is a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 program based in the Greater Philadelphia region, according to optical components provider Edmund Optics of Barrington, N.J. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Under his leadership, Edmund Optics has expanded to more than 700 employees worldwide, servicing more than 200,000 global customers through 12 regional offices. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year program. The winner will be announced in November.