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EY Announces 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

Contenders include 46 leaders from 38 fast-growing companies. Winners will be revealed Aug. 4.

Honoring leaders who are building successful and growing businesses, EY has revealed 2021 finalists for its Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program in the program’s Southwest region.

Selected by a panel of independent judges, the finalist entrepreneurs stand out for their innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment. They represent a range of industries, from real estate and healthcare to retail and technology.

All finalists will be featured in the August issue of D CEO; award winners will be revealed at a virtual celebration on Aug. 4.

Regional winners will go on to compete in EY’s national program, which will culminate in November. The national winner will compete in the firm’s global program in June 2022.

2021 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists

Accelerate Real Asset Management

Brennan Potts, CEO

Apex Fintech Solutions

Bill Capuzzi, CEO

Astura Medical

Joel Gambrell, president and CEO

AVAD Energy Partners

John Davis, CEO


Jonathan Abelmann, co-founder and president

Melbourne O’Banion, CEO


Naveen Gupta, CEO

Catalyst Health Network

Christopher Crow, co-founder and CEO

Catalyst Health Network

Lance Spivey, co-founder and president

Catalyze Dallas Holdings

Joe D’Cruz, managing director

Tricia D’Cruz, managing director

Compass Data Centers

Chris Crosby, CEO

Concote Corp.

Shelby Ricketts, president and CEO

CONTI Texas Organization

Carlos Vaz, CEO and co-founder

Critical Start

Rob Davis, CEO

Elevate Credit

Jason Harvison, CEO


Bart Howe, CEO

Hedera Hashgraph

Leemon Baird, CTO

Mance Harmon, CEO


Bob Foster CEO

Kibo Commerce

David Post, CEO


Noah Curran, CEO

MTX Group

Das Nobel, co-founder and CEO

Nipa Nobel, co-founder and CMO

National Circuit Assembly

Mike Tieu, CEO and founder

Neighborhood Goods

Matt Alexander, co-founder and CEO


Mike Bidwell, president and CEO

o9 Solutions

Chakri Gottemukkala, co-founder and CEO

Omni Logistics

JJ Schickel, CEO


Juli Spottiswood, chairman and CEO

PMG Worldwide

George Popstefanov, CEO


Sanjay Jupudi, co-founder and president

Prasanna Singaraju, co-founder and Chief Digital Officer

Resi Media

Collin Jones, president

Paul Martel, founder and CEO


Patrick Brandt, President

Aakash Kumar, CEO

Shine Solar

Nicholas Gorden, CEO and co-founder

Sign Gypsies

Stacey Hess, founder and president


John Martillo, general partner

Taysha Gene Therapies

RA Sessions, CEO

Titus Oil & Gas

Marshall Hickey, founder and CEO


Daniel Chu, CEO

Van’s Kitchen

Theresa Motter, CEO


Tom Trkla, chairman and CEO


Dennis Cail, co-founder and CEO