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2016 finalists

Congratulations to this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists and Lifetime Achievement Honoree in the Southeast! Now celebrating its 30th year, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs in over 145 cities in 60 countries who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

These business leaders were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges. Award recipients will be announced for the first time at a black tie Awards gala on Thursday, June 23 at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, TN. Join us at this year's event and see who will take home top honors.


Lifetime Achievement

Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum
Chairman and CEO
Mohawk Industries, Inc.
Calhoun, GA

The Mohawk Industries, Inc.story

Vernon J. Nagel
Chairman, President and CEO
Acuity Brands, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

The Acuity Brands, Inc.story

Bruce Irwin, M.D.
Founder and Chairman
American Family Care
Birmingham, AL

The American Family
Care story

Chris Holden
Board Member, President and CEO
Amsurg Corp.
Nashville, TN

The Amsurg Corp. story

Paul Brown
Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

The Arby’s Restaurant
Group, Inc. story

Michael S. Praeger
Co-founder and CEO
AvidXchange, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

The AvidXchange, Inc. story

Chris Butlak, Executive Vice President
Chris Frye, Executive Vice President
Tim Miller, President
Barringer Construction
Charlotte, NC

The Barringer
Construction story

Catherine Downey
Tucker, GA

The CATMEDIA story

Mark Claypool
President and CEO
ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education
Nashville, TN

The ChanceLight
Behavioral Health,
Therapy & Education story

Brandon L. Evans
Clintrax Global, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

The Clintrax Global, Inc. story

Duane LeGate
Co-founder and CEO
Commissions, Inc. (CINC)
Marietta, GA

The Commissions, Inc. (CINC) story

Jack DeMao
Electric Guard Dog
Columbia, SC

The Electric Guard Dog story

Robert Lynn Echols, Jr.
Bargain Hunt
Nashville, TN

The Bargain Hunt story

David Zalik
GreenSky, LLC
Atlanta, GA

The GreenSky, LLC story

Robert A. Frist, Jr.
Chairman, President and CEO
Nashville, TN

The HealthStream story

Becky Loranger
Founder and President
Lakeside Project Solutions
Denver, NC

The Lakeside Project Solutions story

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann
LetterLogic, Inc.
Nashville, TN

The LetterLogic, Inc. story

Ben Chestnut
Co-Founder and CEO
Atlanta, GA

The MailChimp story

Wes Smith
Mayer Electric Supply Co., Inc.
Birmingham, AL

The Mayer Electric Supply Co., Inc. story

Liz Pharo
Momentum Telecom
Birmingham, AL

The Momentum
Telecom story

Kevin Andrew Nolan
Founder and CEO
Nolan Transportation Group, Inc.
Roswell, GA

The Nolan Transportation Group, Inc. story

Van Isley
Professional Builders Supply
Morrisville, NC

The Professional Builders Supply story

James M. Whitehurst
President and CEO
Red Hat
Raleigh, NC

The Red Hat story

Nate Morris
Co-founder and CEO
Atlanta, GA

The Rubicon story

Brian Hamilton
Founder and Chairman
Raleigh, NC

The Sageworks story

Dave A. North
President and CEO
Sedgwick, Inc.
Memphis, TN

The Sedgwick, Inc. story

Hemen Vimadalal
Simeio Solutions
Atlanta, GA

The Simeio Solutions story

Sidd Ahmed
President and CEO
VDart, Inc.
Alpharetta, GA

The VDart, Inc. story