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30 years of ingenuity
in America

Welcome to the
Southeast program

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, and as we kick off our search for the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, we invite you to nominate someone in your community, or even yourself, to be named among the next generation of legacy builders. Since 1986, EY has honored the entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have benefited us all.

Entrepreneurs are not easily defined. They are men and women, old and young, educated in the Ivy League and at the School of Hard Knocks. This much about them is consistent, however: They are visionaries. They are people of passion. And they have the ambition, drive and talent to take an idea and create a market where none existed before. 

If you’ve been inspired by a successful entrepreneur in your community — or are one yourself — submit a nomination for our Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Program. Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2016.  Click here to access the online application site or download the nomination materials.

2015 National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients
2015 Southeast National Retail and Consumer Products winners

Retail and Consumer Products category

Reade Fahs, CEO
Bruce Steffey, President and COO

National Vision, Inc.
Duluth, GA

2015 National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist

Family Business category

Edward Weisiger, Jr., President and CEO
Charlotte, NC


Key program dates

The application period for nominees opens December 8, use this link for nominations.
Applications for nominees closes March 11.

Southeast Program 30th Anniversary awards gala
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum,
222 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 16-20, 2016

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Southeast award recipients. Click here for a full listing and profiles on this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

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Contact us

Have a question about our program? We'd love to hear from you!

Brad Duncan

Brad Duncan
Program Principal
Atlanta, GA

Beverly Eha

Beverly Eha
Program Manager
Tampa, FL
+1 813 225 4893

Kristina McLendon

Kristina McLendon
Program Coordinator
Atlanta, GA
+1 404 541 8945