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EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Central Texas Region

AUSTIN, Texas, 30 April 2018

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EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in Central Texas. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 8, 2018 at JW Marriott Austin.

The finalists are:

  • Bill Daniel | President and CEO, All Web Leads, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Eric Dunigan | President and Matt Pyatt | CEO, Arrive Logistics, Austin, TX
  • Pat Goepel | CEO, Asure Software, Austin, TX
  • Jayson Rapaport and Michael Portman | Co-Founders, Birds Barbershop, Austin, TX
  • Darin Brannan | CEO, ClearDATA, Austin, TX
  • Chris Dillie | President and CEO, ESO Solutions, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Julia Taylor Cheek | Founder and CEO, EverlyWell, Austin, TX
  • Hamza Deyaf | CEO, Feniex, Industries, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Jade Chang Sheppard | President and Owner, Gideon USA, San Antonio, TX
  • Reed J. Seaton | President and CEO, Hellas Construction, Austin, TX
  • Curtis Eggemeyer | CEO, Lemi Shine, Austin, TX
  • Homi Shamir | CEO, Luminex Corporation, Austin, TX
  • Jerry Maldonado | Owner & Coporate VP, Maldonado Nursery and Landscaping, Inc., San Antonio, TX
  • Ben Rubenstein | Founder & CEO and Michael Lam | Founder & CFO, Opcity Inc., Austin, TX
  • Bjorn Reynolds | CEO, SafeGuard World International, Austin, TX
  • Rob Neville | CEO, Savara, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Amir Husain | Founder and CEO, SparkCognition, Austin, TX
  • Dan Hansen | Chairman, President and CEO, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Tim Koxlien | CEO, TeleQuality Commuincations, San Antonio, TX
  • David A. Evans, PE | President, Texas Utility Engineering, Inc., San Antonio, TX
  • Adam Lyons | Founder & Executive Chairman, The Zebra, Austin, TX
  • Matt O’Hayer | Founder and CEO, Vital Farms, Austin, TX
  • Greg Stock | Chairman and CEO, Zenoss, Austin, TX

Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2019.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation and Merrill Corporation. In Central Texas, sponsors also include Broadway Bank, Colliers International, ADP, Aventine Hill Partners, Bridgepoint Consulting, Watkins Insurance Group, Shearman & Sterling, the Austin Business Journal and the San Antonio Business Journal.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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