Press release

26 Apr 2019

EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Southwest

DALLAS, 26 APRIL 2019. Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Southwest.

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EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Southwest. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the US, the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX.

The finalists are:

  1. Rex Kurzius, CEO, Asset Panda
  2. Graham Radler, President, Baseline Energy Services, LP
  3. Jamie O'Banion, CEO & Founder, Beauty Biosciences LLC
  4. Rhett Bennett, CEO, Black Mountain
  5. Paul Adams, CEO & Founder, Bubbl Investments LLC
  6. Jason L. Signor, CEO & Partner, Caddis Partners, LLC
  7. Chris Faulkner, CEO, CAF Companies LLC
  8. Trent Wood, President, CAF Companies LLC
  9. Dan Slaven, Founder, Callbox Storage, LLC
  10. Kyle Bainter, Co-Founder & CEO, Callbox Storage, LLC
  11. Doug Dormer, Jr., CEO, Cardinal Midstream III, LLC
  12. Thomas Hartland-Mackie, President & CEO, City Electric Supply, Co.
  13. Kevin Carr, Founder, Community Beer Company
  14. Gary Laben, CEO, Dynata, LLC
  15. Mike Williams, CEO, ExcelHealth, Inc.
  16. Derek Harvey, Co-CEO, Fusion Packaging
  17. Jon Gross, Co-CEO, Fusion Packaging
  18. Shawnna Latham-Feddersen, CEO, Gameday Couture LLC
  19. Dale Carman, Partner, EVP Creative, Groove Jones, LLC
  20. Dan Ferguson, Partner, EVP Digital, Groove Jones, LLC
  21. Gary Banks, Partner, Executive Producer, Groove Jones, LLC
  22. Scott Howell, Partner, Groove Jones, LLC
  23. Jay Still, President, Guidon Energy
  24. Biju Nair, President & CEO, HYLA Mobile
  25. Ben Lamm, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Hypergiant Industries, Inc.
  26. Curtis Hite, CEO, Improving
  27. Michael Wittmeyer, CEO, JM Bullion, Inc.
  28. Jay Young, President, King Operating Corporation
  29. Brad Hunstable, CEO, Linear Labs, Inc.
  30. Pardeep Kohli, President & CEO, Mavenir
  31. Eric Waller, CEO, MD America Energy LLC
  32. Jeff Richards, CEO & Founder, Mooala Brands, LLC
  33. Marcia Upson, President, Naturally Slim
  34. Chris Bradford, President, Newline Interactive
  35. Kevin Wang, CEO, Newline Interactive
  36. Chakri Gottemukkala, CEO, o9 Solutions
  37. Troy Andrews, CEO, Paradigm Midstream, LLC
  38. Mark Hiduke, CEO, PCORE Exploration & Production
  39. Brenda Stoner, CEO, PICKUP Now, Inc.
  40. Richard Margolin, Chief Technology Officer, RoboKind
  41. Michael Pusateri, CEO, Siepe
  42. Jeff Jan, Co-Founder, Solo Stove
  43. Spencer Jan, Co-Founder, Solo Stove
  44. Josh Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Solovis, Inc.
  45. Skip Howard, CEO & Founder, Spacee, Inc.
  46. Christopher Crow, Co-Founder & CEO, StratiFi Health
  47. Lance Spivey, Co-Founder & President, StratiFi Health
  48. Michael Browning, Jr., CEO, Urban Air Adventure Parks
  49. Kate Richard, Founder & CEO, Warwick Group
  50. Seth Williams, CEO, Z Constructors Nationwide, LLC

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards.  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 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2020.


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

In the Southwest region, sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, PNC, Donnelley Financial Solutions, RHSB, Marquee Event Rentals, Smith Frank & Partners, D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. 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 and more than 60 countries.

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