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Welcome to the Gulf Coast Area program

The future is not granted. It is born from the imagination of entrepreneurs.

While the national nomination period has closed, the Gulf Coast Area has extended the application deadline to Friday, March 24. Please contact Teri Steffek Tafuro Teri.Steffek@ey.com for details.

The panel of independent judges in the Gulf Coast Area who will select the class of Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 finalists know what it takes to take an idea from vision to venture. Check back in the coming weeks to see which entrepreneurial leaders will be named 2017 regional finalists.

Click here to learn how Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winners outperform and outlast the competition.

Key program dates

Finalist and Alumni reception
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Awards Gala
Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Marriott Marquis Houston

Strategic Growth Forum™ and National Awards Gala
November 15–19, 2017
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Gulf Coast Area 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!


Gulf Coast Area
Program Manager
Teri Steffek Tafuro
Houston, TX
+1 713 750 1260


Gulf Coast Area
Program Coordinator
Desiree Triolo
Houston, TX
+1 713 751 5428


Partner and Program Director
Todd Zuspan
Houston, TX
+1 713 750 8449


Partner and Program Sponsor
Travis Garms
Houston, TX
+1 713 750 5153