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Meet the 2017 finalists

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 finalists have a lot to celebrate. They've built their dream companies. Expanded. Innovated. And now, EY is recognizing them for their achievements. Help us congratulate these outstanding entrepreneurs. Join us at this year's event and see who will take home top honors.

Clinton Phillips & Jason Melton | 2nd.MD | Houston, TX

Bill Sims | Accent Wire | Tomball, TX

Mike Burrow, P.E. | Burrow Global | Houston, TX

Gaurav Khandelwal | ChaiOne | Houston, TX

Heida Thurlow | Chantal Corp. | Houston, TX

Wallace Davis | DHI Telecom Group | Houston, TX

Gary Walston | Dolphin Debit Access, LLC | Spring, TX

Bob Flexon | Dynegy Inc. | Houston, TX

Rich Wolfe | Empyrean Benefit Solutions | Houston, TX

Shelly Brewer and Steve Brewer | Express Corporate Housing | Houston, TX

Chris Hilgert | Fairway Energy | Houston, TX

C. Christopher Gaut | Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. | Houston, TX

Doug Evans | Gulf Interstate Engineering Company | Houston, TX

Jon Harper and Joseph Harper, Jr. | Harper Brothers Construction | Houston, TX

James H. VanSteenhouse | InterLinc Mortgage Services, LLC | Houston, TX

Michael Soper | Legacy Funeral Group | Houston, TX

Ludmila Golovine | MasterWord Services, Inc. | Houston, TX

Bob Milner | Mercedes-Benz of the Woodlands | The Woodlands, TX

Juliet Breeze, M.D. | Next Level Urgent Care | Houston, TX

Kathleen Eisbrenner | NextDecade, LLC | The Woodlands, TX

Swapnil Agarwal | Nitya Capital | Houston, TX

Joe Freudenberger | OakBend Medical Center | Richmond, TX

Thomas Nguyen | Peli Peli Restaurant Group | Houston, TX

Charles Willis II | Pinot’s Palette | Houston, TX

Wan Kim | Smoothie King | Metairie, LA

Richie Miller | Spectrum Geo Inc. | Houston, TX

Rick Pleczko | Symplr | Houston, TX

Jeff Montgomery | TopSpot Internet Marketing | Houston, TX

Ben Cowart Vertex Energy, Inc. | Houston, TX

Benjamin Thomas | VitalPet | Humble, TX

Chris Meaux | Waitr Inc. | Lake Charles, LA

Jim Mastandrea | Whitestone REIT | Houston, TX