Celebrating those who are building and leading successful, growing, and dynamic businesses, EY has selected 40 finalists for its prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
Selected by a panel of independent judges, the finalists stand out for their innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment, and represent a range of industries, from energy and technology to sports and design. All finalists will be featured in the October issue of D CEO; award winners will be revealed virtually on Friday, Oct. 2.
Regional winners will go on to compete in the national program, which will culminate in November. The national winner will compete in EY’s global program in June 2021.
2020 Southwest Regional Finalists
Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned
Craig Michael Silverman, CEO, Antuit.ai
Jason Peter McLaughlin, Principal, ARCO/Murray
Beth Garvey, CEO, BG Staffing
Caitlin Wilson, Founder, Caitlin Wilson Design
Christopher Crow, CEO, Catalyst Health Networks
Lance Spivey, President, Catalyst Health Networks
Rob Davis, Founder and CEO, Critical Start
Cade Griffis, Founder and CEO, D-BAT Sports
Jason Harvison, CEO, Elevate Credit
John Merris, CEO, Frontline Advance LLC (dba Solo Stove)
Melissa Townsley-Solis, CEO and Co-Founder, GIACT Systems
Merlin Bise, CTO and Co-Founder, GIACT Systems
Calvin Crowder, President and CEO, GridLiance
Biju Nair, President and CEO, HYLA Mobile
Gregory Alan Bird, CEO and President, Jetta Operating Co. Inc.
Brad Hunstable, CEO, Linear Labs Inc.
Fred Hunstable, CTO, Linear Labs Inc.
Amanda L. Elms, Founder and CEO, Metis Genetics
Robert Noah Curran, Founder and CEO, Monkedia
Sabari Raja, CEO and Co-Founder, Nepris
Bill Baker, CEO, Nextlink Internet
Bryan Perkins, Founder, CEO and President, Novaria Group
Kevin Clark, CEO and President, NOWDiagnostics Inc.
Ray Greer, CEO, Omnitracs
Patrick Halbert, CEO, OTR—On The Rocks Premium Cocktails
John Griggs, CEO and Co-Founder, Presidium
Karen Aldridge, Founder and President, Rebel Athletic
Michael Paladino, Co-founder, RevUnit
Joe Saumweber, Co-founder, RevUnit
Sarah Jane Shadonix, Founder and CEO, Scout & Cellar
Jim Shoppa, Owner, Shoppa’s Material Handling
John Christian Roby, CEO, Teal Natural Resources
Kathy Kipriotis, Co-founder and CEO, The Tot
Nasiba Hartland Mackie, Co-Founder, The Tot
Amy Ditchman, Co-Founder and COO, The Tot
Prasad Reddy, CEO, Twisted X
Chandra Pemmasani, Founder and CEO, UWorld
Mike Kinder, Co-Founder and CEO, Veryable Inc.
Matt Gabriel, CEO, XRI Fountain Quail
Now in its 34th year, the program has grown to recognize business leaders in more than 145 markets and more than 60 countries throughout the world.