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Welcome to the Gulf Coast Area program

Seeking the unstoppable entrepreneurs transforming our world.

There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it. If you are an unstoppable entrepreneur or have been inspired by an innovative leader, we invite you to click here to submit a nomination to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 program, now in its 33rd year.

Deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

Congratulations to the 2018 national winners!

The Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 US winners have been announced. Click here to learn more about all of the national winners. We’re honored to celebrate the ingenuity, vision and tenacity of this outstanding group of individuals.


Key program dates

Application due date
Friday, March 8, 2019

Finalist reception
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Houston, TX

Friday, June 21, 2019
Marriott Marquis Houston

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Gulf Coast Area award recipients. Click here for a full listing and profiles on this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

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Watch the Entrepreneur Of The Year® US overall winner's acceptance speech

Video highlights of the US Strategic Growth Forum® 2018

Contact us

Have a question about our program? We'd love to hear from you!


Gulf Coast Area
Program Manager
Teri Steffek Tafuro
Houston, TX
+1 713 750 1260


Gulf Coast Area
Program Coordinator
Desiree Triolo
Houston, TX
+1 713 751 5428


Partner and Co-Director
Todd Zuspan
Houston, TX
+1 713 750 8449


Partner and Co-Director
Travis Garms
Houston, TX
+1 713 750 5153