May 05

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.

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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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