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Fort Worth execs among finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

A. Lee Graham


Five Fort Worth executives are among those named as finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 in the Southwest Region.

The Fort Worth finalists are John Goff,  chairman and CEO,  Crescent Real Estate; Alex Geesbreght, president,  PhysAssist Scribes Inc.; Robert Reeves, chairman, president and CEO, Athlon Energy; Ron Brooks, president and CEO, ECi Software Solutions; and Clane LaCrosse, president and CEO, Bosque Systems LLC.

Founded by EY, an assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services firm, 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. The 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 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas.

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, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2014. 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.


  The full list of finalists in the Southwest region are:

• Acumen Brands – John James, CEO, Fayetteville, Arkansas • Aimbridge Hospitality – Les Bentley, Chairman and Co-Founder, Plano, Texas • Aimbridge Hospitality – Dave Johnson, President, CEO, Co-Founder, Plano, Texas • Amtel, LLC – Ehab Sweis, CEO, Irving, Texas • Associa – The Honorable John Carona, Sr, President and CEO, Dallas, Texas • Athlon Energy – Robert Reeves, Chairman, President and CEO, Fort Worth, Texas • BioWorld Merchandising Inc. – Raj Malik, President and CEO, Irving, Texas • Bosque Systems, LLC – Clane LaCrosse, President and CEO, Fort Worth, Texas • CenseoHealth – Bales Nelson, President, Dallas, Texas • – Joshua Paine, Past-President of, Plano, Texas • Children’s Health System of Texas – Christopher Durovich, President and CEO, Dallas, Texas • Crescent Real Estate – John Goff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fort Worth, Texas • CyrusOne – Gary Wojtaszek, President and CEO, Carrollton, Texas • Daseke Inc. – Don Daseke, President and CEO, Addison, Texas • Data Center Systems – Kevin Ehringer, Founder and CTO, Dallas, Texas • Diodes Incorporated – Keh-Shew Lu, President and CEO, Plano, Texas • ECi Software Solutions – Ron Books, President and CEO, Fort Worth, Texas • GETAROOM.COM – Robert Diener, President, Dallas, Texas • GETAROOM.COM – David Litman, CEO, Dallas, Texas • Greatbatch, Inc. – Thomas Hook, President and Chief Executive Officer, Frisco, Texas • Hail Merry LLC – Sarah Chapin, CEO and Partner, Dallas, Texas • Hail Merry LLC – Susan O’Brien, Founder and Partner, Dallas, Texas • Masergy Communications, Inc. – Chris MacFarland, CEO, Plano, Texas • Matador Resources Company – Joseph Wm. Foran, Chairman and CEO, Dallas, Texas • Mortgage Contracting Services – Caroline Reaves – Chief Executive Officer, Plano, Texas • Murchison Capital Partners, L.P. – Robert Murchison, President, Dallas, Texas • Murchison Capital Partners, L.P. – Burk Murchison, Secretary, Dallas, Texas • Nexius Solutions, Inc. – Nabil Taleb, Co-Founder, Allen, Texas • Nexius Solutions, Inc. – Nadim “Ned” Taleb, Co-Founder, Allen, Texas • OneSource Virtual – Brian Williams, Co-founder and CEO, Irving, Texas • PhysAssist Scribes, Inc. – Alex Geesbreght, J.D., President, Fort Worth, Texas • PLH Group, Inc. – Mark Crowson, President and CEO, Irving, Texas • Reed Enterprises – Randall Reed, President and CEO, Addison, Texas • Securadyne Systems – Carey Boethel, President and CEO, Carrollton, Texas • Sellmark Corporation – James Sellers, President and Founder, Mansfield, Texas • Sellmark Corporation – Dianna Sellers, Chief Executive Officer, Mansfield, Texas • Senderra RX – Winston Purifoy, Chairman, Richardson, Texas • Senderra RX – William Howard, President, Richardson, Texas • Senderra RX – Tom Bohannon, Senior Vice President Sales, Richardson, Texas • Six Flags Entertainment Corp. – James Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO, Grand Prairie, Texas • StatLab Medical Products – Michael Aubrey, President and Co-founder, McKinney, Texas • StatLab Medical Products – Daniel Henn, Co-Founder, McKinney, Texas • Stevens Transport, Inc. – Todd Aaron, Senior Vice Chairman, Dallas, Texas • Supreme Lending – Scott Everett, President and Founder, Dallas, Texas • TopGolf International – Erik Anderson, Executive Chairman, Dallas, Texas • U.S. Concrete, Inc. – William Sandbrook, President and CEO, Euless, Texas • Venari Resources LLC – Brian Reinsborough, Founder, President and CEO, Addison, Texas • Zimbra – Patrick Brandt, CEO, Frisco, Texas • Zix Corporation – Richard Spurr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dallas, Texas




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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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