TEXAS, June 25, 2022 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that President Blake Brannon of Brannon Industrial Group was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central South Award winner.
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. An independent panel of judges selected Blake Brannon based on his entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.
“I want to thank, number one, my wife. I do this for my family. She puts up with so much, she puts up my time and everything that I pour into this business. I also want thank God. He gave me the ability to do what we’re doing and my goal is to honor him every day. Lastly, it’s not about me. It’s about the people. We are in the waste business, trash business, the recycling and demolition business, metal business... there are a lot of things that were in. Porta potties, too. At the end of the day, we’re in the people business. People matter. The only way that we’re able to do what we’re doing is our people. I just want to thank every single person in our organization because it should be all of us up here not just me. Thank you so much for showing up every single day and working hard first. Thank you.”
Blake Brannon, acceptance speech
As a Central South award winner, Blake Brannon will now be considered by the National independent panel of judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 National Awards. National finalists and winners, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced 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.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
· Cherie Kloss of SnapNurse
· Saeju Jeong of Noom
· Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
· Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
· Jodi Berg of Vitamix
· Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
· Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
· Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
· Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
· James Park of Fitbit
· Daymond John of FUBU
· Sheila Mikhail of AskBio
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank and SAP. In the Central South region, sponsors also include Colliers, DLA Piper, Marsh McLennan Agency, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting and Pierpont Communications.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy