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EY announces finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in the Southwest Region

Dallas, Texas, 5 May 2015

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EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 in the Southwest Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs 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 from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

The finalists are:
Betty Manetta, President and CEO, Argent Associates, Inc., and Asociar LLC, Plano, Texas
Bill Shaddock, CEO, Bill Shaddock Companies, Plano, Texas
Raj Malik, President and CEO, BioWorld Merchandising Inc., Irving, Texas
Andrew Philipp, President, Clarus Glassboards, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas
Jeremy Rincon, Co-Founder, Clarus Glassboards, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas
Robby Whites, Co-Founder, Clarus Glassboards, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas
Chris Crosby, CEO, Compass Datacenters, Dallas, Texas
Carlos Vaz, President and Founder, CONTI Organization, Addison, Texas
Rohit Mehrotra, CEO, CPSG Partners LLC, Dallas, Texas
John Reardon, Founder and CEO, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas, Texas
Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO, Dickey's Barbecue, Dallas, Texas
Cindy Sheriff, President and COO, E4 Health, Inc., Irving, Texas
Bill Mulcahy, CEO, E4 Health, Inc., Irving, Texas
Matt Alexander, CEO, Edition Collective, Dallas, Texas
Mike Karns, CEO, Firebird Restaurant Group, LLC, Dallas, Texas
Greg Lanham, CEO, FTS International, Fort Worth, Texas
Abe Issa, CEO and Founder, Global Efficient Energy, Fort Worth, Texas
Tom Bronson, President and CEO, Granbury Solutions, Grapevine, Texas
Carey Hobbs, President and CEO, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Waco, Texas
Rick Illes, CEO and President, Illes Seasonings & Flavors, Carrollton, Texas
John Watters, Chairman and CEO, iSIGHT Partners, Dallas, Texas
Richard Collins, Chairman and CEO, Istation, Dallas, Texas
Steve Van Amburgh, CEO, KDC, Dallas, Texas
Chris MacFarland, CEO, Masergy Communications Inc., Plano, Texas
Matt Johnson, CEO, McFarlin Group, Dallas, Texas
Kevin Lavelle, CEO and Founder, Mizzen+Main, Dallas, Texas
Caroline Reaves, CEO, Mortgage Contracting Services, Plano, Texas
Mehul Patel, Chairman and CEO, NewcrestImage, Lewisville, Texas
Chris Bradford, President, Newline Interactive, Plano, Texas
Kevin Wang, CEO, Newline Interactive, Plano, Texas
Mark Dubrow, President and CEO, Onyx Payments, Dallas, Texas
Rick Allen, RPh, President and CEO, Paragon Healthcare, Inc., Dallas, Texas
Christopher Richey, President, PetData, Farmers Branch, Texas
Beau LaMothe, CEO, PGL, Irving, Texas
Thomas Fagadau, President and CEO, Primexx Energy Partners, Dallas, Texas
Randy Gier, Chief Eating Officer, Rave Restaurant Group, The Colony, Texas
Amber Venz Box, President and Co-Founder, rewardStyle, Dallas, Texas
Baxter Box, CEO and Co-Founder, rewardStyle, Dallas, Texas
Carey Boethel, President and CEO, Securadyne Systems, Dallas, Texas
Daniel Tinker, President and COO, SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
Garold Swan, VP and CFO, SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
John Davis, VP and General Counsel, SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
Ronald Ross, Chairman and CEO, SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
Scott Everett, President and Founder, Supreme Lending, Dallas, Texas
Bart Simmons, President and Co-Owner, Tristar Companies, Richardson, Texas
Steven Bolos, Principal, UR Holdings, Carrollton, Texas
Victor Keller, Jr., Founder and Partner, ZAK Products, Irving, Texas
Patrick Brandt, CEO, Zimbra, Frisco, Texas
Rick Spurr, CEO, ZixCorp, Dallas, Texas

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Southwest panel of independent judges also selected two iconic entrepreneurs for recognition: Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American Airlines Group, and Glenn Beck, Founder and CEO, Mercury Radio Arts.

Mr. Parker has worked in the airline business since 1986, when he first joined American. He has long been a proponent of consolidation in the airline industry, and in 2005, he led a merger of America West and US Airways. In 2013 he helped bring together US Airways and American Airlines, and was named CEO of American Airlines Group. American is the largest airline in the world, with a network throughout North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia. The company is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and runs hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington DC.

Mr. Beck is not only an American television personality and radio host, but also a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Beck is the leader of an innovative, entrepreneurial-spirited media empire. He is the founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, a multimedia production company that produces and delivers content for radio, television, publishing, the stage, and the Internet. His company is home to the successful entities of TheBlaze, the 1791 clothing brand, and Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint through Simon & Shuster.

Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards is sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Southwest Region, sponsors include BBVA Compass, Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, Merrill Corp., bkm Total Office of Texas, D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1.

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