Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in Southwest Area North

Jun 22, 2013, 23:00 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

DALLAS, June 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in Southwest Area North. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on June 22, 2013.

Richard Wright
President and CEO
Plano, TX

Max Martin
Chairman and CEO
ARGO Data Resource Corporation
Richardson, TX

Calvin Carter
Founder and President
Bottle Rocket Apps
Dallas, TX

Stephen Mooney
President and CEO
Conifer Health Solutions
Frisco, TX

David Sokolsky
President and CEO
Daisy Brand
Dallas, TX

Gregg Engles
Dean Foods Company
Dallas, TX

Phil Rykhoek
President and CEO
Denbury Resources, Inc.
Plano, TX

Ross Perot
Founder and Chairman
EDS/Perot Systems

Ross Perot, Jr.
Perot Systems/Hillwood

Don Freeman
Dallas, TX

Carrie Freeman Parsons
Vice Chairman
Dallas, TX

Joe Popolo
Dallas, TX

David Weinreb
Howard Hughes Corporation
Dallas, TX

Randy Watson
Chairman and CEO
Justin Brands, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX

Eddie Lennox
Founder and Chairman
Service King Collision Repair Centers, Inc.
Richardson, TX

Tony Aquila
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Solera Holdings, Inc.
Westlake, TX

Brian Schultz
Studio Movie Grill
Dallas, TX

Family Business Award of Excellence

We are excited to present our inaugural Family Business Award of Excellence for the Southwest Region North to the Perot family. For decades, Ross Perot and Ross Perot, Jr. have served as proven leaders of global companies, demonstrated innovative, forward-thinking ideas through their business models and made significant philanthropic contributions to the Dallas community and beyond.

Please join us as we honor a lifetime of the Perots' innovative and entrepreneurial achievements. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Southwest Area North Awards program, regional sponsors include:


  • BBVA Compass
  • Colliers International
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP


  • Merrill Communications, LLC
  • Roach Howard Smith & Barton


  • D CEO Magazine
  • SocialStrategy1

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® 
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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