SUGAR LAND, Texas, May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- EY has announced that Ivan Hand, President and CEO of national nonprofit Money Management International, Inc. (MMI) is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Gulf Coast Area. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their business and community.
Hand was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges for the second time in as many years. He also represents one of just two nonprofit organizations among the 32 finalists. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 21st 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Houston.
"It's an honor to again be selected as a finalist for this award," said Hand. "MMI is an organization dedicated to helping consumers create a life of financial health. To be able to successfully deliver on our mission, effectively intervene in moments of financial crisis, and positively impact communities across America has been the most rewarding work of my career."
Hand joined the Houston-based nonprofit in 2000, making his mark by navigating the complexities of an industry-leading merger strategy, prioritizing operational efficiency through innovation, and redefining the cultural expectation at MMI as one of respect, integrity, and putting others first. Over his 19 years of leadership, MMI has helped 3.5 million consumers repay more than $8 billion in debt and assisted millions more stabilize their finances and housing.
"The history of MMI is the story of people helping people," said Hand. "Our purpose is to lead individuals from all walks of life through financial challenges and economic downturns. As consumers face new difficulties in the years ahead, MMI will be there, innovating new tools and services to help them, their families, and their neighborhoods thrive."
Now in its 33rd year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year 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 national competition. 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 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the 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 Gulf Coast Area, regional sponsors include Colliers International, Dawson Financial Services, DLA Piper, ADP, Solomon Edwards, Chatham Financial, Pierpont Communications and Houston Business Journal.
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Money Management International (MMI) is changing the way financial challenges are solved. MMI helps create, restore and maintain a life of financial wellness through empowered financial choices. For 60 years, our clients have achieved financial confidence through nonprofit programs that educate, motivate, and liberate. MMI inspires action though expert professional guidance and solutions that are practical, timely, and aligned with our client's goals. Experiencing a financial challenge? Find your solution 24/7 at 866.864.8995 and MoneyManagement.org.
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