LAFAYETTE, La., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Chris Meaux, founder and CEO of Waitr, the popular on-demand food delivery restaurant platform, has been named a finalist for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast area. The award, presented by Ernst & Young, LLP, recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Meaux started Waitr in 2015 in Lake Charles, Louisiana and has already seen the company grow to more than 1,200 employees nationwide. It partners with 2,000 restaurants and has service in 20 cities – many of them in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and New Orleans.
Meaux's honor is even more significant as he's just one of only two finalists from the state of Louisiana. Nominees were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event June 15 in Houston.
"It is humbling to be included among the finalists for this prestigious business award, especially since it focuses on an area where I've lived and worked my whole life," said Meaux. "But this nomination is really a testament to the excellence of our talented and extremely hard-working staff across the entire country. It's a wonderful affirmation of what a cohesive team effort can accomplish."
Waitr has received acclaim for distinguishing itself from similar companies. It is already being lauded for its operational expertise and the superior technology, solid customer support and lower costs it offers restaurant partners and consumers. But it is Waitr's powerful food photography, go-to market strategy and efficient driver network that have been the cornerstones for its rapid growth. Restaurant partners report Waitr's popular app and recently launched new Web ordering platform are producing increased sales for them and attracting new audiences.
Launched in 2015, Waitr is an on-demand food delivery service and online restaurant technology platform designed to connect local restaurants to hungry consumers. Founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr's mission is to develop the local food culture for communities across the United States by expanding the reach of local restaurant menus. Available on the Web, on iPhone and Android devices, Waitr is the most convenient way to discover, order and eat great food from the best local restaurants. Today, Waitr has 2,000 restaurant partners and hundreds of thousands of users in 20 US cities.
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