EY Announces Award Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Central Plains Award

Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Central Plains Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed. This group of esteemed entrepreneurial leaders was selected by an independent judging panel comprised of award alumni, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders.

“At EY, we are proud to honor a new group of unstoppable entrepreneurs for their curiosity, ingenuity, courage and leadership,” said Morgan Watson, Entrepreneur Of The Year Central Plains Program Director. “Each of these entrepreneurs has persevered to make their visions a reality, and I am confident they will benefit from and serve as valuable members of our global Entrepreneur Of The Year community.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Central Plains Award are:

  • Joseph Urso | ActivePure Technologies, LLC | Dallas, Texas
  • Barbara Smith | Commercial Metals Company | Irving, Texas
  • Daniel McCarthy | FM | Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sulagna Bhattacharya | Nanoscope Therapeutics | Bedford, Texas
  • Mike Bidwell | Neighborly | Waco, Texas
  • Michael Gorton | Recuro Health | Richardson, Texas
  • Maria Carell | Revision Skincare & Goodier Cosmetics | Irving, Texas
  • Kishore Khandavalli | RiseIT Solutions, Inc. | Addison, Texas
  • Tom Ellis | ShiftKey | Irving, Texas
  • Gabe Abshire | Utility Concierge | Farmers Branch, Texas
  • Dave Copps | Worlds | Dallas, Texas

Winners were evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries throughout the world who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

As a Central Plains regional award winner, these inspiring entrepreneurs will be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of an esteemed community of multi-industry award winners, granting them unlimited access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni across over 60 countries, in addition to extensive support from EY resources and other members of the entrepreneurial community.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank and SAP. In Central Plains, sponsors also include Colliers International, Donnelley Financial Solutions LLC, Haynes and Boone LLP, Roach Howard Smith & Barton (RHSB), D CEO Magazine, Marquee Events and Vari.

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