Press release

16 Jul 2020 Dallas, US

EY announces finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 award in the Southwest

Finalists join ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Southwest.

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EY today announced the finalists of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Award in the Southwest region. Widely considered as 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 virtually announced on Friday, October 2, 2020.

The finalists are:

  1. Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned
  2. Craig Michael Silverman, CEO,
  3. Jason Peter McLaughlin, Principal, ARCO/Murray
  4. Beth Garvey, CEO, BG Staffing
  5. Caitlin Wilson, Founder, Caitlin Wilson Design
  6. Christopher Crow, CEO, Catalyst Health Networks
  7. Lance Spivey, President, Catalyst Health Networks
  8. Rob Davis, Founder and CEO, Critical Start
  9. Cade Griffis, Founder & CEO, D-BAT Sports
  10. Jason Harvison, CEO, Elevate Credit
  11. John Merris, CEO, Frontline Advance LLC dba Solo Stove
  12. Melissa Townsley-Solis, CEO and Co-Founder, GIACT Systems, LLC
  13. Merlin Bise, CTO and Co-Founder, GIACT Systems, LLC
  14. Calvin Crowder, President and CEO, GridLiance
  15. Biju Nair, President and CEO, HYLA Mobile
  16. Gregory Alan Bird, CEO and President, Jetta Operating Company, Inc.
  17. Brad Hunstable, CEO, Linear Labs Inc.
  18. Fred Hunstable, CTO, Linear Labs Inc.
  19. Amanda L. Elms, Founder & CEO, Metis Genetics, LLC
  20. Robert Noah Curran, Founder & CEO, Monkedia LLC
  21. Sabari Raja, CEO & Co-Founder, Nepris
  22. Bill Baker, CEO, Nextlink Internet
  23. Bryan Perkins, Founder, CEO & President, Novaria Group
  24. Kevin Clark, CEO & President, NOWDiagnostics, Inc.
  25. Ray Greer, CEO, Omnitracs
  26. Patrick Halbert, CEO, OTR: On The Rocks Premium Cocktails
  27. John Griggs, CEO and Co-Founder, Presidium
  28. Karen Aldridge, Founder and President, Rebel Athletic
  29. Michael Paladino, Co-founder, RevUnit
  30. Joe Saumweber, Co-founder, RevUnit
  31. Sarah Jane Shadonix, Founder & CEO, Scout & Cellar
  32. Jim Shoppa, Owner, Shoppa's Material Handling
  33. John Christian Roby, CEO, Teal Natural Resources, LLC
  34. Kathy Kipriotis, Co-founder & CEO, The Tot
  35. Nasiba Hartland Mackie, Co-Founder, The Tot
  36. Amy Ditchman, Co-Founder & COO, The Tot
  37. Prasad Reddy, CEO, Twisted X
  38. Chandra Pemmasani, Founder & CEO, UWorld
  39. Mike Kinder, Co-Founder & CEO, Veryable Inc.
  40. Matt Gabriel, CEO, XRI Fountain Quail

Now in its 34th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.


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 and D CEO Magazine.

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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