EY announces finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Southwest Area North

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Dallas, 9 May 2012  Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Southwest Area North program. 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. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The finalists are:

  • Edward J. Heffernan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Data, Plano, TX

  • Paul Zaidins, Chief Executive Officer, American Locker Group Inc., Coppell, TX

  • J. Ross Craft, President and Chief Executive Officer, Approach Resources Inc., Fort Worth, TX

  • Max L. Martin, Chief Executive Officer, ARGO Data Resource Corporation, Richardson, TX

  • Calvin Carter, President, Bottle Rocket Apps, Dallas, TX

  • Mark A. Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chaparral Energy, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Kelly C. Baltes, Chairman and CEO, Cheddar's, Irving, TX

  • Jim Dixon, Chief Executive Officer, CompuCom Systems, Inc., Dallas, TX

  • Stephen M. Mooney, President, Conifer Health Solutions, Frisco, TX

  • Sydney Smith Hicks, PhD, Executive Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, DeviceFidelity, Inc., Richardson, TX

  • Deepak Jain, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, DeviceFidelity, Inc., Richardson, TX

  • Amitaabh Malhotra, COO and Co-Founder, DeviceFidelity, Inc., Richardson, TX

  • Michael Casid, Chief Executive Officer, Dymatize Enterprises, Farmers Branch, TX

  • Steve Allen Antry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eagle Energy Company of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

  • Daniel Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Encore Wire Corporation, McKinney, TX

  • Nitin Ahuja, Chief Executive Officer, Entercoms, Inc., Irving, TX

  • Rahul Singh, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Entercoms, Inc., Irving, TX

  • Robert F. Pence, P.E., BCEE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, TX

  • Al Bhakta, Chief Executive Officer, Genghis Grill Franchise Concepts, LP, Dallas, TX

  • Kelley Battles, President, Global Leading Foods HPP, Coppell, TX

  • Ken Goldberg, Co-Founder, Gold Metal Recyclers, Dallas, TX

  • Neil Goldberg, Co-Founder, Gold Metal Recyclers, Dallas, TX

  • Karen Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Impel Management Services/Medical Clinic of North TX, North Richland Hills, TX

  • Howard Moore, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Keste, LLC, Plano, TX

  • Sri Ayyeppen, Co-founder and Chief Solutions and Strategy Officer , Keste, LLC, Plano, TX

  • Randy Foutch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc., Tulsa, OK

  • Andres Ruzo, Chief Executive Officer, LINKAMERICA, Inc., Rowlett, TX

  • Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems, Richardson, TX

  • David K. White, PhD, President and Chief Executive Office, MedMark Services, Inc., Lewisville, TX

  • J.R. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, MedSynergies, Irving, TX

  • Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX

  • Daniel Drake, Chairman, MoJack Distributors, Wichita, KS

  • Mary Murcott, Chief Executive Officer, NOVO 1, Fort Worth, TX

  • Robert Vaters, President and CEO, Orthofix International, Lewisville, TX

  • Bruce Ballengee, Chief Executive Officer, Pariveda Solutions, Inc., Dallas, TX

  • Steve Winn, Chairman and CEO, RealPage, Inc., Carrollton, TX

  • Brian Schultz, Founder, Owner and President, Studio Movie Grill, Dallas, TX

  • William David Prescott II, President and Chief Executive Officer, Talon/LPE, Ltd., Amarillo, TX

  • Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman and CEO, The Dwyer Group, Waco, TX

  • Ken Rees, Chief Executive Officer, Think Finance, Fort Worth, TX

  • Sunny Sanyal, Chief Executive Officer, T-System, Inc., Dallas, TX

  • John S. Marr, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Tyler Technologies, Inc., Dallas, TX

  • Will Gruver, President and CEO, USP&E, Celina, TX

  • Richard D. Spurr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Zix Corporation, Dallas, TX

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Southwest Area North program, the regional sponsors include:

Platinum Sponsors
Colliers International
Haynes and Boone, LLP

Gold Sponsors
ADP
BBVA Compass Bank
Roach Howard Smith & Barton

Media Sponsor
D CEO Magazine

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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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