EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Gulf Coast Area
Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Gulf Coast Area Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. This group of unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders transforming our world was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. Gulf Coast Area award winners were unveiled during the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 6, 2020.
“There are many successful entrepreneurs in this world, but building something of long-term value takes grit, persistence and a sense of ambition where nothing is impossible,” said AJ Jordan, EY Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “EY is proud to honor these unstoppable visionaries who are inspiring innovation without limitation and fueling growth around the globe. They are a wonderful addition to our global alumni community of past winners, and we look forward to serving as a resource as they continue to make an impact.”
The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Gulf Coast Area Award are:
- Mohammed Ali Dhanani, CEO, HAZA Group, Sugar Land, Texas
- Zawadi Bryant, CEO and Anastasia Gentles, MD, CMO, NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care, Sugar Land, Texas
- Tom Vo, CEO, Nutex Health, Houston
- Tommy San Miguel, President & CEO, SGR Energy, Houston
- Eric G. Bing, CEO, The College of Healthcare Professions, Houston
- Mike Vellano, President & CEO, Vortex Companies, Houston
- Stephen M. Johnson, Founder & Vice Chairman, WaterBridge Operating LLC, Houston
Nominees were evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management.
Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards, to be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. 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.
Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives.
Gulf Coast Area Focus
Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2019, 10 entrepreneurs leading companies from Gulf Coast Area were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Past award winners in Gulf Coast Area include William Leslie Doggett, Sr., Doggett Equipment Service Group; Brandon Dewan, Eagle Pipe LLC; Stuart Bradie, KBR, Inc.; Ann G. Fox, Nine Energy Service Inc.; Kevin McEvoy, Oceaneering International Inc.; Cindy B. Taylor, Oil States International, Inc.; Bill Way, Southwestern Energy; Steve V. Pate, Strike LLC; Mike Appling, TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc.; Chris Meaux, Waitr Holdings, Inc.
For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Gulf Coast Area program, please visit ey.com/us/gulfcoast_eoy .
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.
In Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, LLC, SolomonEdwards, Pierpont Communications and Houston Business Journal.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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