EY has announced the 2020 Southwest Finalists for its Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, one of the most prestigious business award programs in the U.S., that annually honors leaders who are committed to their businesses and communities.
From a pool of more than 80 nominations, 40 finalists were chosen by the Entrepreneur Of The Year Southwest Team and an esteemed panel of judges. The group represents a range of industries and a variety of entrepreneurs who are all dedicated to building and growing successful, dynamic companies.
Victors who win regional awards—to be revealed virtually on Friday, Oct. 2—are eligible for consideration in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition culminating in November. The national winner will go on to compete in the global program next June.
All finalists will be featured in the October issue of our sister publication, D CEO.
Watson was joined by the program’s platinum sponsors: David Wetherington, executive vice president of Colliers International; Lee Anne Sexton, managing director of Donnelley Financial Solutions; Tom Harris, partner at Haynes and Boone; and Brandon McGuire, North Texas president of PNC Bank.
“As EY and Entrepreneur of the Year adapt to the ‘new normal’ along with all of you, we are bringing you our Southwest 2020 finalist announcement in our at-home edition,” Watson said in the video. He acknowledged that the group is full of the region’s “best and brightest innovators and disruptors.”
“We along with the independent judges would like to toast all of our unstoppable entrepreneurs for rising up to build a better working world,” Watson said. “We look forward to celebrating with you and everyone else on October 2. Best of luck to all our nominees as they continue to reinvent and innovate—and improve our wonderful community.”
In true von Storch fashion, the longtime EY partner also made a cameo from retirement.
“While I wish I could have said goodbye to the fabulous Entrepreneur of the Year ecosystem in person, I’m confident you’ll be in great hands,” she said in the video. “In my next chapter, aka ‘retirement,’ I will continue to support you—our great entrepreneurs. Best wishes for a bright future ahead, and congratulations.”
Meet the 2020 Southwest Regional Finalists
Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned
Craig Michael Silverman, CEO, Antuit.ai
Jason Peter McLaughlin, Principal, ARCO/Murray
Beth Garvey, CEO, BG Staffing
Caitlin Wilson, Founder, Caitlin Wilson Design
Christopher Crow, CEO, and Lance Spivey, President, Catalyst Health Networks
Rob Davis, Founder and CEO, Critical Start
Cade Griffis, Founder and CEO, D-BAT Sports
Jason Harvison, CEO, Elevate Credit
John Merris, CEO, Frontline Advance LLC (dba Solo Stove)
Melissa Townsley-Solis, CEO and Co-Founder, and Merlin Bise, CTO and Co-Founder, GIACT Systems
Calvin Crowder, President and CEO, GridLiance
Biju Nair, President and CEO, HYLA Mobile
Gregory Alan Bird, CEO and President, Jetta Operating Co. Inc.
Brad Hunstable, CEO, and Fred Hunstable, CTO, Linear Labs Inc.
Amanda L. Elms, Founder and CEO, Metis Genetics
Robert Noah Curran, Founder and CEO, Monkedia
Sabari Raja, CEO and Co-Founder, Nepris
Bill Baker, CEO, Nextlink Internet
Bryan Perkins, Founder, CEO and President, Novaria Group
Kevin Clark, CEO and President, NOWDiagnostics Inc.
Ray Greer, CEO, Omnitracs
Patrick Halbert, CEO, OTR—On The Rocks Premium Cocktails
John Griggs, CEO and Co-Founder, Presidium
Karen Aldridge, Founder and President, Rebel Athletic
Michael Paladino and Joe Saumweber, Co-founders, RevUnit
Sarah Jane Shadonix, Founder and CEO, Scout & Cellar
Jim Shoppa, Owner, Shoppa’s Material Handling
John Christian Roby, CEO, Teal Natural Resources
Kathy Kipriotis, Co-founder and CEO; Nasiba Hartland Mackie, Co-Founder; Amy Ditchman, Co-Founder and COO, The Tot
Prasad Reddy, CEO, Twisted X
Chandra Pemmasani, Founder and CEO, UWorld
Mike Kinder, Co-Founder and CEO, Veryable Inc.
Matt Gabriel, CEO, XRI Fountain Quail
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