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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in Gulf Coast Area Awards program

Houston, 7 May 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Gulf Coast Area. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected from nearly 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 13 at the Hilton America’s Houston Hotel.

Taseer Badar
President & CEO
Altus Healthcare Management Services
Pearland, TX

Arthur Moore, President
CEO & Owner
American Alloy Steel, Inc.
Houston, TX

Michael Minarovic
Managing Director
Arena Energy, LP
The Woodlands, TX

Amit Bhandari
Chairman & CEO
BioUrja Group
Houston, TX

Walter Blessey
Chairman & CEO
Blessey Marine Services, Inc.
Harahan, LA

Joel Bomgar
Founder & CEO
Bomgar
Ridgeland, MS

Donald Klein
President
Chesmar Homes, Ltd.
Houston, TX

Jonathan Klein
CEO
Cimation
Houston, TX

Luis Luque, Co-Founder & Director
Cimation
Houston, TX

Drake Mills, CEO
Community Trust Bank
Ruston, TX

R. Bruce Northcutt
Director, President & CEO
Copano Energy, L.L.C.
Houston, TX

John Magee
President & CEO
Crane Worldwide Logistics
Houston, TX

Ken Robison
CEO
Crest Industries, LLC
Pineville, TX

Dana Sellers
CEO
Encore Health Resources
Houston, TX

John Schiller
Chairman & CEO
Energy XXI
Houston, TX

Darron Anderson
CEO
Express Energy Services
Houston, TX

Brad Childers
CEO
Exterran
Houston, TX

Basim Shami
CEO
Farouk Systems, Inc.
Houston, TX

James Frischhertz
President
Frischhertz Electric Co., Inc.
New Orleans, TX

Bryan Leibman
President
Frosch International Travel, Inc.
Houston, TX

Stacey Gillman Wimbish
President
Gillman Companies
Houston TX

Mark Arnold
President & CEO
GSE Environmental, LLC
Houston, TX

John Rynd
CEO & President
Hercules Offshore, Inc.
Houston, TX

Andrew Knizley
CEO
Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital
Bellaire, TX

Gary Kiedaisch
Chairman & CEO
Igloo Products Corp.
Katy, TX

Jerry Lasco
Founder & CEO
Lasco Enterprises
Houston, TX

Michael Soper
President & CEO
Legacy Funeral Group
Houston, TX

Mark Ellis
Chairman, President  & CEO
LINN Energy
Houston, TX

Peter Duncan
Founder & CEO
MicroSeismic, Inc.
Houston, TX

Christian Beckett
CEO
Pacific Drilling
Houston, TX

Jose Suquet,
Chairman, President & CEO
Pan-American Life Insurance Group
New Orleans, TX

Troy Collins
CEO
Quality Companies USA, LLC
Youngsville, TX

Nathan Granger
President & CFO
Quality Companies USA, LLC
Youngsville, TX

Larry O’Donnell
Chairman, President & CEO
Rockwater Energy Solutions
Houston, TX

Fred Koetting
President & CEO
Schulte Building Systems, Inc.
Hockley, TX

TJ Farnsworth
Founder & CEO
Sightline Health
Bellaire, TX

Gregory Ebel
President & CEO
Spectra Energy
Houston, TX

David Welch
Chairman, President & CEO
Stone Energy Corporation
Lafayette, TX

Stephen Pate
Chairman & CEO
Strike, LLC
The Woodlands, TX

David Dunlap
President & CEO
Superior Energy Services
Houston, TX

Jeffery Davis
CEO
The Brock Group
Houston, TX

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. 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 by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Gulf Coast Area, local sponsors include:
Platinum

  • Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Lockton
  • BBVA Compass

Gold

  • SolomonEdwardsGroup
  • ADP

Post-event

  • Pierpont

Media

  • SmartBusiness Magazine

About EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries.

EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter at EY_Growth.

About EY
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