EY announces Finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in the Gulf Coast Area
HOUSTON, May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 in the Gulf Coast Area. 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. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 25, 2015 at the Hilton America’s Houston.
The finalists are:
|Bill P. Simms, President, Accent Wire, Tomball, Texas|
|Vinita Gupta, Chairperson and Co-CEO, Apex Resources, Inc., Katy, Texas|
|Kyle McDonald, CEO, Argent Financial Group, Ruston, Louisiana|
|Jay H. Campbell Jr., President and CEO, Associated Grocers, Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Ed Tinsley, CEO, Bernhard Energy/TME/Bernhard LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Michael Burrow, Chairman and CEO, Burrow Global, LLC, Beaumont, Texas|
|Chris Pace, CEO, Centre Technologies, Houston, Texas|
|Michael E. Cokinos, President and CEO, Cokinos Energy Corporation, Houston, Texas|
|George B. Leftwich, President and CEO, Contract Land Staff, Sugar Land, Texas|
|Larry N. Browne, President and CEO, Diligent Delivery Systems, Houston, Texas|
|Louis Flory, CEO, Effex Management Solutions, Kingwood, Texas|
|Rich Wolfe, CEO Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Houston, Texas|
|John B. Walker, CEO EnerVest, Ltd., Houston, Texas|
|Brad Childers, President and CEO, Exterran, Houston, Texas|
|John W. Chisholm, Chairman, President and CEO, Flotek Industries, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Mike Donovan, President, Heat Transfer Solutions, Houston, Texas|
|Donnie Young, Chairman and CEO, Hoover Group, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Brian L. Fielkow, President, Jetco Delivery, Houston, Texas|
|Sean E. Reilly, CEO, Lamar Advertising Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Katy Caldwell, CEO, Legacy Community Health Services, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Bruce V. Gingrich, CEO and Owner, Lifechek Drug, Richmond, Texas|
|Ken Beaver, CEO McCoy-Rockford, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Setul G. Patel, CEO, Neighbors Health System, Inc. Pearland, Texas|
|Paul Butero, CEO, Nine Energy Service, Houston, Texas|
|Joseph Freudenberger, CEO, OakBend Medical Center, Richmond, Texas|
|Kevin McEvoy, CEO, Oceaneering International, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|George Pilko, Chairman, Pilko & Associates, Houston, Texas|
|Andres Reiner, CEO and Director, Pros, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Troy Collins, CEO, Quality Companies, Youngsville, Louisiana|
|Dilip Bhargava, CEO, SDB Trade International, LP, Pasadena Texas|
|Dennis N. Stine, CEO, Stine Lumber Company, Sulphur, Louisiana|
|Marc S. Jones, Owner, Sunpro Solar, Lacombe, Louisiana|
|Jose Lozano, CEO, The Company of Others, Houston, Texas|
|Richard “Gordy” Bunch, President and CEO, The Woodlands Financial Group, The Woodlands, Texas|
|Mike Appling Jr., CEO, TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Gerard Gibert, CEO, Venture Technologies, Ridgeland, Mississippi|
|Ben P. Cowart, Chairman and CEO, Vertex Energy, Inc., Houston, Texas|
|Will Perry, President and CEO, Worldwide Power Products, Houston, Texas|
|Taseer A. Badar, President, ZT Wealth & Altus Health Group of Companies, Houston, Texas|
Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Gulf Coast Area sponsors also include Lockton Companies, LLC, BBVA Compass, Colliers International, DLA Piper, SolomonEdwards, ADP, Pierpont Communications, Smart Business Network.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 in more than 60 countries.
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