Meet the judges

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recipients and civic and community leaders devote significant effort to review and deliberate the merits of each nominee. We deeply appreciate their dedication to the program. To learn more about the judges, click here. 

sidd-ahmed

Sidd Ahmed
President and CEO
VDart, Inc.
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Southeast winner

bernie-dixon

Bernie Dixon
Founder and CEO
Launchpad2X

phyllis-newhouse

Phyllis Newhouse
Founder and CEO
Xtreme Solutions, Inc.
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017
US winner

michael-praeger

Michael Praeger
Co-founder and CEO
AvidXchange, Inc.
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Southeast winner

asif-ramji

Asif Ramji
Chief Growth Officer
FIS
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017
US winner

karl-schledwitz

Karl Schledwitz
Chairman and CEO
Monogram Foods
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Southeast winner

theresa-sexton

Theresa Sexton
Partner
Claritas Capital