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EY Announces Winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Gulf Coast Area Award

Houston, 17 June 2016

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Celebrating 30 years of ingenuity in America

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Gulf Coast Area. This year, 2016, marks the award’s 30th anniversary. This group of leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were unveiled at a special gala on June 16th, 2016 at Hilton Americas – Houston.

“EY has had a tremendous history in honoring outstanding entrepreneurs over the past 30 years,” said Todd Zuspan, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Gulf Coast Area. “This year’s winners have not only taken their companies to the top, but they have also acted as mentors to their employees and made impressive contributions to their communities.”
The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Gulf Coast Area Award include:

Business Services: Kyle McDonald, CEO, Argent Financial Group, Inc., Ruston, Louisiana
Consumer Products & Services: Jean Durdin, Owner, Parkway Chevrolet, Tomball, Texas
Diversified Industrial Products: Jonathan Jones, CEO, Jones Companies, Columbia, Mississippi
Energy & Energy Services: Timothy S. Duncan, President and CEO, Talos Energy, Houston, Texas
Family Business Award: Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO, Birkman International, Inc., Houston, Texas
Health Care: Taseer Badar, Chairman and CEO, ZT Wealth and Altus Health, Houston, Texas
Industrial Services & Construction: Wesley Palmisano, President, Palmisano Contractors LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana
Master: David Williams, Chairman, President and CEO, Noble Corporation plc, Sugar Land, Texas
Technology: Dr. Thompson Lin, Founder, President and CEO, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., Sugar Land, Texas
Transformational: Diana LeBlanc, President, PPL RVs, Inc., Houston, Texas

These companies now join the ranks of 30 years of winners. In 2015, EY named a total of 266 winners from 224 companies. As a group, these entrepreneurs made a significant mark on innovation and the economy. They employ more than 406,000 people, and are a major source of economic stability, adding 81,000 jobs in the past two years – a 29 percent boost in headcount. They have an aggregate revenue of more than $169 billion, and an impressive revenue growth rate of 34 percent over the past two years.

Over the past 30 years, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by EY, Entrepreneur Of The Year is nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition, Merrill Corporation is the official and preferred data partner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards as a global leader in secure content sharing, regulated communications and compliance services. Merrill Corporation’s DataSite is used to facilitate the judges’ independent review of nominations. 

In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include BBVA Compass, Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, SolomonEdwards, Pierpont Communications and the Houston Business Journal.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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.

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