May 14

Gordy Bunch Named Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year

HOUSTON, MAY 14, 2015 – 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. The Woodlands’ Gordy Bunch was selected as one of the business leaders chosen 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.


Bunch launched The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) in The Woodlands with $10,000 in 2001. Today, TWFG is a multi-faceted $337 million business offering property and casualty insurance, personal lines, finance, and agency software technology. His business model is based on the fact that, as an independent insurance agency, he can offer clients more choices from 200 different carriers; which often results in better rates for the insured because of the competitive nature of multiple carriers. It is also an improvement in personalized service to consumers because “captive agents” are only allowed to sell their company’s branded products. He continues to emphasize personal care through TWFG’s familiar logo “Our Policy is Caring,” a slogan he considers his personal pledge both to customers and employees.


TWFG has become a national leader in its industry being ranked as number eight in Property and Casualty lines out of 38,000 independent agencies and number one in Texas for Personal Lines insurance (Home and Auto). There are more than 300 TWFG offices in 21 states with affiliated agencies expanding representation into 38 states. Bunch says he covers close to 250,000 clients in 49 states through the TWFG network. More than 40 of his agents are members of the TWFG Million-Dollar Producers Club who will join more than 200 TWFG branch managers here May 28th – 31st, 2015 for their annual convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Bunch also serves on The Woodlands Township Board of Directors where he was elected its Treasurer. He also serves his community as Chairman of The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau which generates vital sales and hotel taxes to The Woodlands Township. His business acumen has served to assist the board in cutting property tax rates for three consecutive years while augmenting recreational and resident services.


EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in the Gulf Coast Area


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.


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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