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3 May 2019 Houston, US

EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Gulf Coast Area

Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in Gulf Coast Area

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Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in Gulf Coast Area

EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Gulf Coast Area. 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 21, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Houston.  

The finalists are:

  • Ricardo Rivas, Principal & CEO, Allied Orion Group, Houston, TX
  • Jason Floyd, President and Michael Monk, CEO, Amerisource Funding, Inc., Houston, TX
  • Ken Parekh, CEO, AMSYS Innovative Solutions LLC, Houston, TX
  • Skip Herald, CEO, Axip Energy Services, LP, Houston, TX
  • Ben Richter, CEO, Bradford Airport Logistics, Houston, TX
  • Chris Pace, Founder & CEO, Centre Technologies, Houston, TX
  • John Cavitt, Founder & CEO, Covenant Testing Technologies LLC, Sugar Land, TX
  • William Leslie Doggett Sr., President & CEO, Doggett Equipment Services Group, Houston, TX
  • Brandon Dewan, CEO, Eagle Pipe, LLC, Houston, TX
  • Richard Wolfe, CEO, Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Houston, TX
  • Stephen Brewer, President & CEO and Shelly Brewer, Founder & COO, Express Corporate Housing, Houston, TX
  • Brian Cameron, CEO, Saqib Dhanani, Managing Partner, Zeeshan Makhani, Managing Partner and Karim Solanji, Managing Partner, HIREtech, Houston, TX
  • Sahiba Chadha, Owner & CEO, Indus Asset Management, Houston, TX
  • Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery, Houston, TX
  • Stuart Bradie, President & CEO, KBR, Inc., Houston, TX
  • Harris Khan, President, Hira Khan, Vice President and Shakil Khan, Chairperson, Maxx Builders Inc., Stafford, TX
  • Kendra Lee, Chairman & CEO, Merichem Company, Houston, TX
  • Bradley Freels, Chairman, Midway Holdings, L.P. (A Texas limited partnership), Houston, TX
  • Amit Mehta, CEO, Moblize Inc., Houston, TX
  • Ivan Hand, President & CEO, Money Management International, Sugar Land, TX
  • Robert Workman, President & CEO, DistributionNOW, Houston, TX
  • Dr. Thomas Vo, CEO, Nutex Health, Houston, TX
  • Warner Thomas, President & CEO, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA
  • Eric Elfman, CEO and Eric Smith, Operations Officer, Onit, Houston, TX
  • Jeremy Osborne, Co-Founder & Chief Legal Officer, Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC, College Station, TX
  • Brett Witte, President & CEO, Premier Coil Solutions, Inc., Waller, TX
  • Bill Way, President & CEO, Southwestern Energy, Spring, TX
  • Marc Jones, CEO, Sunpro Solar, Mandeville, LA
  • Michael Plank, Chairman & CEO, The Plank Companies, Houston, TX
  • Jim Clawson, President & Owner, Third Coast Packaging, Inc., Pearland, TX
  • Michael Vellano, CEO, Vortex Companies, Houston, TX
  • Chris Meaux, Founder & CEO, Waitr Holdings Inc., Lake Charles, LA

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 Gulf Coast Area, regional sponsorsinclude Colliers International, Dawson Financial Services, DLA Piper, ADP,Solomon Edwards, Chatham Financial, Pierpont Communications and HoustonBusiness 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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