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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in the Gulf Coast Area

Houston, 14 June 2013

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Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence

Ernst & Young LLP today announced the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in the Gulf Coast Area. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at the Hilton Americas Houston on June 13, 2013.

Construction and Industrial Services
Steve Pate
Chairman and CEO
Strike, LLC
Consumer Products
Donald Klein
Chesmar Homes, Ltd.
Distribution and Manufacturing
Walter Blessey
Chairman and CEO
Blessey Marine Services, Inc.
Energy Services
Larry O’Donnell
Chairman, President and CEO
Rockwater Energy Solutions
Exploration and Production
Mark E. Ellis
Chairman, President and CEO
LINN Energy
Health Care
Dana Sellers
Encore Health Resources
Midstream Services
R. Bruce Northcutt
Director, President and CEO
Copano Energy, LLC
Drake Mills
Community Trust Bank
Peter M. Duncan
Founder and CEO
MicroSeismic, Inc.
Transformational CEO
David D. Dunlap
President and CEO
Superior Energy Services
Family Business Award of Excellence
Kenneth Robison
Crest Industries, LLC

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (The Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation, and 2012 winner Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani, Inc.

These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on 16 November 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.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Gulf Coast Area, local sponsors include:


Norton Rose Fulbright






Post event sponsor

Pierpont Communications

Media Sponsor

Smart Business Magazine

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

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