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3 May 2019 Austin, US

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

Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in Central Texas.

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Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in Central Texas

EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in Central Texas. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., 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 June 27 at the JW Marriott Austin.

The finalists are:

  • Blake Garrett, CEO, Aceable, Austin, TX
  • Steven Elliott, Founder & CEO, AgileCraft, Georgetown, TX
  • Timothy League, Co-Founder & CEO and Karrie Leauge, Co-Founder, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Austin, TX
  • Matt Pyatt, CEO and Eric Dunigan, President, Arrive Logistics, Austin, TX
  • Darin Brannan, CEO, ClearDATA Networks, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Tracy Lynn Hayes, President, CWS Corporate Housing, Round Rock, TX
  • Amber Allen, CEO & Founder, Double A Labs, Austin, TX
  • Chris Dillie, President & CEO, ESO Solutions, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Julia Taylor Cheek, Founder & CEO, EverlyWell, Inc., Austin ,TX
  • Matthew Briggs, CEO, Four Hands, LLC, Austin, TX
  • Seth Robinson, Founder & President and Barrett Foster, CEO, In Charge Electrical Services, Round Rock, TX
  • Greg Mercer, CEO, Jungle Scout, Austin, TX
  • Justin Mares, Co-Founder & CEO and Nick Mares, Co-Founder & President, Kettle & Fire, Austin, TX
  • Curtis Eggemeyer, CEO, Lemi Shine, Austin, TX
  • Michael Landa, CEO, Nulo, Austin, TX
  • John Flynn, President & CEO, Open Lending, LLC, Austin, TX
  • Eric Thurston, President & CEO, Personify, Austin, TX
  • Rosa Santana, Founder & CEO, Santana Group, San Antonio, TX
  • Elizabeth Anne Goff-McMillian, CEO, Shelton Keller Group, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Chuck Gordon, CEO & Co-Founder and Mario Feghali, Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder, SpareFoot, Austin, TX
  • Paul Hedrick, CEO & Founder, Tecovas, Austin, TX
  • Leon Chen, Co-Founder & CEO and Tiffany Taylor-Chen, Co-Founder & President, Tiff’s Treats, Austin, TX
  • Brad Heath, CEO, VirTex Enterprises, Austin, TX
  • Autumn Manning, Co-Founder & Former CEO, YouEarnedIt, Inc., Austin, TX

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 Central Texas, sponsors also include Broadway Bank, Colliers International, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting, Watkins Insurance Group, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Pierpont Communications, Austin Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal.

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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