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EY announces the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Winners in Central Texas

Texas, 10 June 2017

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Joining three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs in Central Texas

EY today announced the Regional Award Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in Central Texas. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the awards were presented at a special gala event on June 9, 2017 at the JW Marriott Austin.

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Central Texas Award include:

Consumer Products: Jessica Honegger and Travis Wilson Co-CEOs, Noonday Collection, Austin, TX

Energy: Brad Bynum, Co-Founder and President and Mike Howard, Chairman and CEO, Howard Energy Partners, San Antonio, TX

Food and Beverage: Mark Greenberg, Sean Greenberg and Dave Paul, Co-Owners, Pluckers Wing Bar, Austin, TX

Real Estate and Construction: Garrett Martin, CEO, MileStone Community Builders, Austin, TX

Services: Ivan Giraldo, President, Clean Scapes, LP, Austin, TX

Technology: Heather Brunner, CEO and Jason Cohen, Founder and CTO, WP Engine, Austin, TX

Technology Services: Jeff Eastman, Co-Founder and CEO, Alchemy Systems, Austin, TX

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:

  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
  • Mindy Grossman of HSN
  • Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • James Park of Fitbit

As a Central Texas award winner they are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Central Texas, sponsors also include Broadway Bank, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting, Aventine Hill Partners, Watkins Insurance Group, Andrews Kurth, Austin Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal.

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

About EY’s Growth Markets Network

EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/sgm or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

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