Nov 02

Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of Year Gordy Bunch Heading for National Title

PALM SPRING, CA, Nov. 2, 2015 – Richard “Gordy” Bunch, Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year, will join major corporate executives, sports, and entertainment luminaries for the EY Strategic Growth Forum to be held here November 11 to 15 with a theme of “Accelerate.” Highlight of the event is naming regional winners like Gordy Bunch as National Entrepreneur of the year in various categories. Bunch’s award category is Products and Services.

The EY Strategic Growth Forum® is the country’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Forum brings together the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in America. This by-invitation-only CEO event brings together more than 2,000 of the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, advisors and investors and other business leaders. As Founder, President and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group, Bunch was recognized as Gulf Coast EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Products and Services category. He launched TWFG with a $10,000 investment in 2001 and has grown it to a national company with $320 million in premiums, more than 300 branches in 21 states, and more than 3,000 additional agents throughout the United States. The financial services company is headquartered in The Woodlands, where Bunch also serves on The Woodlands Township board of directors and as chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Strategic Growth Forum will focus on future growth with top CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, government officials, investors, and advisors from around the world sharing their experiences on innovation, transactions, growth, and the shape of the future global economy. Among the presenters and special guests are Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress; David Novak, Executive Chairman, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Deborah Norville, Anchor, Inside Edition; Jim Messina, President & CEO, The Messina Group and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barrack Obama; Curt Menefee, Host, Fox NFL Sunday; Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP;

Charles Koch, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Koch Industries, Inc.; One Republic Recording artists; Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush; Michael Strahan, Football Hall of Famer and TV Host; Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, NY Times best-selling authors of “The Culture Works;” and H. Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO, SC Johnson.

Each day will feature hands-on work sessions led by these and other national experts ranging from “A CEO’s Guide to Going Public,” “Leadership Matters,” building effective boards of directors, and “Family Business Secrets” for unlocking your family’s potential.

Entertainment includes an outdoor dinner under the desert skies with a concert starring One Direction. The Forum concludes with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® National Awards black tie gala hosted by TV personality Seth Meyers where Bunch is also considered a candidate for National Entrepreneur of the Year honors.

For nearly 30 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized the endeavors of exceptional men and women who create the products and services that keep our worldwide economy moving forward. Since its inception, Entrepreneur Of The Year has grown dramatically and now includes programs in more than 140 cities and in more than 60 countries worldwide.



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