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DALLAS, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 in the Southwest Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
The finalists are:
We are pleased to announce the independent panel of judges has selected two iconic entrepreneurs for recognition; Kenneth A. Hersh, Chief Executive Officer, NGP Energy Capital Management and Philip J. Romano, Investor and Entrepreneur of Romano Enterprises.
Mr. Hersh is recognized as a master entrepreneur, having pioneered ways to fund hundreds of independent operators in the oil and gas industry and seed their own entrepreneurial abilities. Founded in 1988, NGP Energy Capital Management, together with its affiliates, has managed approximately $13 billion of cumulative committed capital, made over 250 investments in natural resources companies throughout North America and has achieved a 25-year gross IRR in excess of thirty percent. The master award singles out an individual whose achievements over time stand as a role-model for entrepreneurship and involvement in solving the issues of their industries and communities.
Mr. Romano is also a master but uniquely recognized for his serial entrepreneurship. He is responsible for creating over 25 restaurant concepts, six of which have grown into national chains. Less well known is that he and two doctors commercialized the PALMAZ coronary stent which has global impact on extending lives. He is also an abstract expressionist artist, having sold over a million dollars of his works. Currently he is pursuing yet another endeavor, a restaurant "incubator" with the Trinity Groves restaurant and real estate development. The serial award recognizes Mr. Romano's extra-ordinary creativity in generating business success.
Now in its 28th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards is sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Southwest Region, sponsors include BBVA Compass, Colliers International, Haynes and Boone, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, Merrill Corp., D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1 .
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