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09 May 2022  | Houston, TX, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central South Finalists

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central South Award. 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 South finalists are:

  • Ken Hicks | Academy Sports + Outdoors | Katy
  • Thomas Thill | AmeriVet Veterinary Partners | San Antonio
  • Dr. Amy Myers | AMMD, LLC | Austin
  • Timothy Porter | Appddiction Studio | San Antonio
  • Blake Brannon | Brannon Industrial Group | Brenham
  • Amber Glassman | Bryan Anthonys | Austin
  • Cory Brymer | BryComm | Hutto
  • David Ferguson | Celebrate Dental & Braces | San Antonio
  • Michael Novelli | Cypressbrook Company | The Woodlands
  • Kiwi Camara | DISCO | Austin
  • Feras Moussa and Ben Suttles | Disrupt Equity | Houston
  • Paul Salisbury | Dura Software | San Antonio
  • Dean Drako | Eagle Eye Networks | Austin
  • Rupesh Sanghavi | ErgodE Inc. | Houston
  • Mark Floreani | FloSports | Austin
  • Kip Wright | Genuent | Houston
  • Kevin Pearce and Brian White | Goodside Health | Austin
  • Joyce Durst | Growth Acceleration Partners | Austin
  • Tim Heyl | Homeward | Austin
  • Michael Gonzales | Hospitalists Now, Inc. d/b/a HNI Healthcare | Austin
  • Joel Kocher | HumanN Inc. | Austin
  • Craig Taylor and Tejpal Singh | Iapetus Holdings LLC | Houston
  • Todd Dipaola | InMarket | Austin
  • William Chan | Iodine Software | Austin
  • Jamie Welch | Kinetik Holdings, Inc. | Houston
  • Chris Church | MacroFab, Inc. | Houston
  • R. Bruce Northcutt | Navitas Midstream Partners | The Woodlands
  • Juliet Breeze, MD | Next Level Medical, LLC | Houston
  • Evan Erdberg | Proximity Learning Inc. | Austin
  • Elliott Bouillion | Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC | Bellaire
  • JeVon McCormick | Scribe Media | Austin
  • James Garvey | Self Financial | Austin
  • Ted Ross | SpyCloud | Austin
  • Amanda Baldwin and Holly Thaggard | Supergoop! | San Antonio
  • Hal Brumfield and Carter Old | Tachus, LLC | The Woodlands
  • Paul Hedrick | Tecovas | Austin
  • Bart Caraway | Third Coast Bancshares, Inc. | Humble
  • Marcie Peters | United Salt Corporation | Houston
  • Ting Qiao | Wan Bridge | Houston

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 Travis Garms, Central South Program Co-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 23, 2022. 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.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Central South program, please visit


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In the Central South, sponsors also include Colliers, DLA Piper, Marsh McLennan Agency, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting and Pierpont Communications.


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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