EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Southwest Region - Inuvo.com

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

News Organization: EY

EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Southwest region. 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 Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

The finalists are:

  • Chris Munday, Chairman and CEO, 2020 Companies
  • Dr. Lucas Lu, Founder and CEO, 5Miles LLC
  • Stephen Bohanon, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Alkami Technology
  • Jere Thompson, CEO, Ambit Energy
  • John Burke, CIO, Ambit Energy
  • Laurie Rodriguez, CFO, Ambit Energy
  • Chris Chambless, CMO, Ambit Energy
  • Blake Walker, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Arcis Golf
  • Don Dykstra, President and CEO, Bloomfield Homes L.P.
  • David Ricker, Chairman and CEO, BroadJump LLC
  • Merrilee Kick, Founder and CEO, BuzzBallz/Southern Champion LLC
  • Sheffield Clark, Founder and CEO, Coinsource
  • Bobby Sharp, Chief Logistics Officer, Coinsource
  • Joe Armes, Chairman, CEO, and President, CSW Industrials, Inc.
  • Cade Griffis, Founder and CEO, D-Bat Sports
  • Alex Doubet, CEO, Door
  • David Illiff, CEO, DuraServ Corp.
  • Jamie Gibbs, Chairman, DuraServ Corp.
  • Vince Sullivan, President, DuraServ Corp.
  • Kyle Noonan, President and CEO, FreeRange Concepts
  • Joshua Sepkowitz, President and CEO, FreeRange Concepts
  • Jim Brickman, CEO, Green Brick Partners, Inc.
  • Mike Stacy, CEO, ID90T, Inc.
  • Curtis Hite, CEO, Improving
  • Rich Howe, Chairman and CEO, Inuvo, Inc.
  • Eric Waller, CEO, MD America Energy, LLC
  • Carl Wehmeyer, EVP, Niagara Conservation Corp.
  • Stuart Archer, CEO, Oceans Healthcare
  • Kent McKeaigg, Founder and CEO, OrderMyGear
  • Adam Teague, CEO, Plank and Mill LLC
  • Tim Paslay, Chief Creative Officer, Plank and Mill LLC
  • Richard Margolin, Chief Technology Officer, Robokind
  • Joey LaRocque, CEO, Rocksolid, LLC
  • Scott Everett, Founder and Managing Partner, S2 Capital, LLC
  • John Schmitz, Executive Chairman, Select Energy Services, Inc.
  • Frost Prioleau, Co-Founder and CEO, Simplifi Holdings, Inc.
  • Sam Darwish, CEO, Skinny IT
  • Josh Smith, CEO, Solovis
  • Lance Crosby, Chairman and CEO, StackPath
  • Lance Taylor, CEO, Steward Energy II, LLC
  • Carly Nance, Co-Founder, The Citizenry
  • Rachel Bentley, Co-Founder, The Citizenry
  • Gene Scott, President and CEO, Travel Nurse Across America
  • Teresa Mackintosh, CEO, Trintech, Inc.
  • Tony Ramji, President and CEO, Victory Group
  • Alex Danza, President and CEO, Vonlane LLC

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 the Southwest region, sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, RHSB, Marquee Event Rentals, Smith Frank & Partners, D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1.

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. ey.com/eoy

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