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EY announces finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 in the Central Texas Area

5 May 2016

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EY today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016® Award in Central Texas. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, 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 as finalists by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Austin.

The finalists are:

Amy Porter, CEO and Founder, AffiniPay, Austin, TX
Mark E. Watson III, CEO, Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., San Antonio, TX
Greg Henry, CEO and Founder, Aspen Heights, Austin, TX
Randall Pawelek, Chairman and CEO, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, San Antonio, TX
Gary Smith, CEO, Big Red Group Holdings, LLC, Austin, TX
Tyler Moeller, CEO and Joshua Walsky, CTO, Broadway Technology, Austin, TX
Ally Davidson, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Camp Gladiator, Austin, TX
Charles Thornburgh, CEO and Founder, Civitas Learning, Austin, TX
Kim Lubel, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, CST Brands, Inc, San Antonio, TX
Mike Howard, Chairman and CEO, Howard Energy Partners, San Antonio, TX
Chris Hester, CEO, Kinnser Software, Austin, TX
Michael Kiolbassa, President, Kiolbassa Provision Company Inc., San Antonio, TX
Andrew Allison, Co-CEO and Matt Stuart, Co-CEO, Main Street Hub, Austin, TX
Garrett Martin, CEO, Milestone Community Builders, Austin, TX
Jessica Honegger, Co-CEO and Wilson, Co-CEO, Noonday Collection, Austin, TX
Matt Flake, CEO and President and Hank Seale, Founder and Chairman of the Board,
Q2 Software, Inc., Austin, TX
Bjorn Reynolds, CEO, SafeGuard World International, Austin, TX
Robert Neville, CEO and President, Savara Inc., Austin, TX
Kevin Thompson, President and CEO, SolarWinds Worlwide LLC, Austin, TX
Dan Hansen, President and CEO, Summit Hotel Properties, Austin, TX
Adam Lyons, Founder and CEO, The Zebra, Austin, TX
Matthew Chasen, CEO and Founder, uShip, INC., Austin, TX
Heather Brunner, CEO and Jason Cohen, Founder and CTO, WP Engine, Austin, TX

Now in its 30th 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 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. 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 are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Central Texas, sponsors also include BBVA Compass, ADP, Aventine Hill, Andrews Kurth, Bridgepoint Consulting, Austin Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 in more than 60 countries.

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