Entrepreneur Of The Year Southeast program

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Honoring world-class entrepreneurs for 29 years

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

As the first truly global award program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards in more than 145 cities and 60 countries.

Participation in the Entrepreneur Of The Year program puts you in touch with other high-growth business builders. Because the program attracts thousands of founders and CEOs of high-growth companies, you will have a powerful opportunity to build relationships with an elite group. This program offers invaluable one-on-one interaction opportunities with an audience of top executives.

There are 25 regional programs. All award recipients are honored  in June and move forward to compete for national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in November.

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Key dates

The application period is now closed.

Finalist interviews and luncheons
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – Charlotte, NC
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, May 28, 2015 – Atlanta
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST

Southeast Awards gala (black-tie)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 11-15, 2015
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
2015 Southeast finalists announced

EY is pleased to announce the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® finalists for the Southeast program. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel. The award recipients will be announced at a gala event on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Distribution & Manufacturing

Cordia Harrington, Founder and CEO, The Bun Companies, Nashville, TN
Charles A. Lingenfelter, Senior Advisor, Industrial Distribution Group Corporation, Belmont, NC
Chad Martin, President and CEO, Eco-Energy Global Biofuels, LLC, Franklin, TN


Stan Bevis, Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Fast Pace Urgent Care, Waynesboro, TN
Scott Damron, CEO, Castle Medical, LLC, Smyrna, GA
Edward J. Schutter, President and CEO, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Atlanta, GA

Family Business

Brian Eason, CEO, Quality Iron Fabricators, Inc., Memphis, TN
Satya Tiwari, President, Surya, Calhoun, GA
Edward Weisiger, Jr., President and CEO, CTE, Charlotte, NC

Financial Services

Casey Crawford, CEO, Movement Mortgage, Charlotte, NC
Asif Ramji, President and CEO, Paymetric, Alpharetta, GA
Ron Samuels, Chairman, Founder and CEO, Avenue Bank, Nashville, TN

Health Care & Life Sciences

Joey A. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Acadia Healthcare, Inc., Franklin, TN
Parker H. “Pete” Petit, Chairman and CEO, MiMedx, Marietta, GA
Christopher K. Porter, President and General Counsel, and
Jeff L. Williams, Co-Founder and CEO, Clinipace Worldwide, Morrisville, NC

Hospitality & Retail

Richard A. Brooks, CEO, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, Birmingham, AL
Reade Fahs, CEO, Bruce Steffey, President and COO, National Vision, Inc., Duluth, GA
Marcia Miller, Founder, Owner and CEO, Mud Pie, Stone Mountain, GA


Mark Claypool, President and CEO, Educational Services of America, Nashville, TN
Vincent M. Oddo, President and CEO, Birch Communications, Inc., Atlanta, GA
D. Paul Thompson, Founder and Chairman, Transportation Insight, Hickory, NC


Tim Estes, Founder and CEO, Digital Reasoning, Franklin, TN
Monty P. Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing, Inc., Atlanta, GA
David Northington, Chairman and CEO, Cloud Sherpas, Atlanta, GA

Workplace Services

Sheila Benson, CEO, ESS – Employment Screening Services, Birmingham, AL
Robert Boyd, President and CEO, Agility Recovery Solutions, Charlotte, NC
Raj Sardana, Chairman and CEO, American CyberSystems, Inc., (ACS Group), Duluth, GA

Congratulations to all of our Southeast program award recipients who competed against 250+ companies from all across the United States on Saturday, November 15, 2014 for the title of US Entrepreneur Of The Year. A special congratulation goes out to the following individuals!

To see the complete list of US award recipients, please click here.

2014 National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists
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Media, Entertainment and Communications category

 Lew Dickey, Chairman and CEO – Cumulus Media, Inc.

John Marshall

Technology category

John Marshall, CEO and Founder – AirWatch

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Lynn Massingale, MD, Executive Chairman – TeamHealth

Did you know?

The Southeast program includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. We've participated in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program since 1986. Click here to learn more about the benefits of participation in this exciting program.