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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in Southwest Area North Awards program

Dallas, 3 May 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP has announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Southwest Area North. 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 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 22, 2013 at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas in Dallas, Texas.

Richard Wright
President and CEO
AdvoCare
Plano, TX

Ben Trowbridge
Chairman and CEO
Alsbridge
Dallas, TX

Rick Kneipper
CEO
Anthelio Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Dallas, TX

Max Martin
Chairman and CEO
ARGO Data Resource Corporation
Richardson, TX

Paula Marshall
CEO
Bama Co. Inc.
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bernard DiFiore
President and CEO
BenefitMall
Dallas, TX

Calvin Carter
Founder and President
Bottle Rocket Apps
Dallas, TX

Peter Longo
Principal and Managing Partner
Cantex Continuing Care Network
Carrollton, TX

Albert Longo    
Chairman
Cantex Continuing Care Network
Carrollton, TX

Stephen Mooney
President and CEO
Conifer Health Solutions
Frisco, TX

Gary Wojtaszek
CEO
CyrusOne, Inc.
Carrollton, TX

David Sokolsky
President and CEO
Daisy Brand
Dallas, TX

Gregg Engles
Chairman
Dean Foods Company
Dallas, TX

Phil Rykhoek
President and CEO
Denbury Resources,Inc.
Plano, TX

Ron Books
CEO
ECi Software Solutions
Fort Worth, TX

Larry Lacerte
President and CEO
Exponent Technologies, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Don Freeman
Chairman
Freeman
Dallas, TX

Joe Popolo
President
Freeman
Dallas, TX

Carrie Freeman Parsons
Vice Chairman
Freeman
Dallas, TX

Shelly Stein
EVP and CEO
Glazers, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Thomas Greenlee
EVP and CFO
Glazers, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Bennett Glazer
Executive Chairman
Glazers, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Rob Swartz
EVP and COO
Glazers, Inc.
Dallas, TX

H. Ralph Hawkins
Chairman and CEO
HKS, Inc.
Dallas, TX

David Weinreb
CEO
Howard Hughes Corporation
Dallas, TX

Randy Watson
Chairman and CEO
Justin Brands, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX

Chris MacFarland
CEO
Masergy Communications, Inc.
Plano, TX

Nabil Taleb
Co-Founder
Nexius Solutions, Inc.
Allen, TX

Nadim Taleb
Co-Founder
Nexius Solutions, Inc.
Allen, TX

Brian Williams
CEO and Co-Founder
OneSource Virtual
Irving, TX

Peter Burlage
President and CEO
Peerless Mfg. Co.
Dallas, TX

Brian Dick
CEO
Quest Resource Management Group
Frisco, TX

Eddie Lennox
Founder and Chairman
Service King Collision Repair Centers, Inc.
Richardson, TX

Chris Dahlander
Founder and CEO
Snappy Salads
Dallas, TX

Evelyn Torres
CEO
Solaris Technologies Inc.
Irving, TX

Tony Aquila
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Solera Holdings, Inc.
Westlake, TX

Brian Schultz
CEO
Studio Movie Grill
Dallas, TX

Randy Starr
Chief Development Officer
TopGolf International
Dallas, TX

Erik Anderson  
Executive Chairman
TopGolf International
Dallas, TX

Neil Allen
Chief Operating Officer
TopGolf International
Dallas, TX

Blake Woodall
VP Sales
Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Dist
Richardson, TX

Kirk Woodall
CEO/Milestone Dist
Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Dist
Richardson, TX

James Woodall
CEO/Milestone Dist
Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Dist
Richardson, TX

William Miles, Woodall III
CEO/VAH Ltd
Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Dist
Richardson, TX

Blair Woodall   
Executive Committee Member
Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Dist
Richardson, TX

John Lawlor
Chairman and CEO
Vestcom International, Inc.
Little Rock, AR

Steve Horne
President and CEO
Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, LLC
Carrollton, TX

Tim Houlne
CEO
Working Solutions
Plano, TX

Rick Spurr
Chairman and CEO
Zix Corporation
Dallas, TX

Family Business Award of Excellence
We are excited to present our inaugural Family Business Award of Excellence for the Southwest Region North to the Perot family. For decades, Ross Perot and Ross Perot, Jr. have served as proven leaders of global companies, demonstrated innovative, forward-thinking ideas through their business models and made significant philanthropic contributions to the Dallas community and beyond.

Please join us as we honor a lifetime of the Perots’ innovative and entrepreneurial achievements. 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 Southwest Area North Awards program, regional sponsors include:

Platinum

  • BBVA Compass
  • Colliers International
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP

Gold

  • Merrill Communications, LLC
  • Roach Howard Smith & Barton

Media

  • D CEO Magazine
  • SocialStrategy1

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
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

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