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26 Apr 2022  | Dallas, TX, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central Plains Finalists

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central Plains Award. The Central Plains program celebrates entrepreneurs from North Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Wichita, Kansas. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.

The 2022 Central Plains finalists are:

  • Carter Malloy  |  AcreTrader  |  Fayetteville, Arkansas 
  • Joseph Urso  |  ActivePure Technologies, LLC  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Sean Minter  |  AmplifAI Solutions, Inc.  |  Plano, Texas
  • Kenneth Lewis  |  APMEX  |  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Chip Register  |  Argano  |  Plano, Texas
  • John Lods  |  Arm Candy LLC  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Terry Weber  |  Biote Medical  |  Irving, Texas
  • Chintan Shah  |  Brainvire Infotech Inc.  |  Plano, Texas
  • Alec D'Cruz  |  Catalyze Dallas Holdings LLC  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Patricia D'Cruz  |  Catalyze Dallas Holdings LLC  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Rocky Cherry  |  Cherry Coatings  |  Carrollton, Texas
  • Zack Cherry  |  Cherry Coatings  |  Carrollton, Texas
  • Barbara Smith  |  Commercial Metals Company  |  Irving, Texas
  • Chris Crosby  | Compass Datacenters, LLC  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Matthew Wadiak  |  Cooks Venture  |  Decatur, Arkansas
  • Eddy Badrina  |  Eden Green Technology  |  Cleburne, Texas
  • Elyse Dickerson  |  Eosera  |  Fort Worth, Texas
  • Lawrence King  |  Headstorm  |  Addison, Texas
  • Dan Noble  |  HKS  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Michael Gianni  |  MD7  |  Allen, Texas
  • Jay Bray  |  Mr. Cooper  |  Coppell, Texas
  • Justin Simons  |  My Labs Direct |  Plano, Texas
  • Sulagna Bhattacharya  |  Nanoscope Therapeutics  |  Bedford, Texas
  • Mike Bidwell  |  Neighborly  |  Waco, Texas
  • Venkat Yerubandi  |  Noblesoft Technologies  |  Irving, Texas
  • Cesar Millan  |  PAWS, LLC (dba Halo with Cesar Millan)  |  Plano, Texas
  • Heather Gode  |  PAWS, LLC (dba Halo with Cesar Millan)  |  Plano, Texas
  • Ken Ehrman  |  PAWS, LLC (dba Halo with Cesar Millan)  |  Plano, Texas
  • Michael Ehrman  |  PAWS, LLC (dba Halo with Cesar Millan)  |  Plano, Texas
  • Dan Berardi  |  Priority-1, Inc.  |  Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Michael Gorton  |  Recuro Health  |  Richardson, Texas
  • Maria Carell  |  Revision Skincare & Goodier Cosmetics  |  Irving, Texas
  • Kishore Khandavalli  |  RiseIT Solutions, Inc.  |  Addison, Texas
  • Sachin Nayyar  |  Securonix Inc  |  Addison, Texas
  • Tom Ellis  |  Shiftkey  |  Irving, Texas
  • Mohammad Elashi  |  Synaptic Management Inc   |  Richardson, Texas
  • Edwin Tatum  |  TatumTek Modular  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Brad Heppner  |  The Beneficient Company Group, L.P.  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Daniel McCarthy  |  The Music Bed LLC  |  Fort Worth, Texas
  • Joseph Walsh  |  Thryv Holdings, Inc.  |  Irving, Texas
  • Marshall Hickey  |  Titus Oil & Gas  |  Fort Worth, Texas
  • L. D. Green  |  Tops LLC  |  Midland, Texas
  • Kevin Boscamp  |  True Velocity Ammunition  |  Garland, Texas
  • Gabe Abshire  |  Utility Concierge  |  Farmers Branch, Texas
  • Dave Copps  |  Worlds  |  Dallas, Texas
  • Shridhar Mittal  |  Zimperium  |  Dallas, Texas

The finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges and evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

“The 2022 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists have shown us that ambition, courage, ingenuity and empathy are key to driving change,” said Morgan Watson, Central Plains Program Director. “They have a mindset that drives them to strive for more and an unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities.”

Regional award winners will be announced on June 25. The winners will then be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings 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 2023.

For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Central Plains, sponsors also include Colliers International, Donnelly Financial Solutions, Haynes and Boone LLP and Roach Howard Smith & Barton.

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. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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