For Immediate Release
EY Announces Winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Gulf Coast Area Award
2016 marks 30 years of ingenuity in America
Houston, Texas, June 21, 2016 – EY announced that Kyle McDonald, CEO of Argent Financial Group, one of the largest independent southern wealth management firms, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Business Services category in the Gulf Coast Area. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. McDonald was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hilton Americas – Houston on June 16, 2016.
“This recognition is the result of the great work done by the entire Argent team, whom I am honored to represent,” says McDonald. “We will continue to serve our growing client base with humble confidence and look forward to our next opportunities.”
Argent Financial Group was formed in 1990 by McDonald in Ruston, Louisiana. Now responsible for more than $12 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, institutions and businesses with a broad range of wealth management services including trust administration and related services, investment management, family office services, retirement plan and charitable organization administration, mineral (oil and gas) rights management, and financial, retirement and estate planning.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
As a Gulf Coast Area award winner, McDonald is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. 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 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum TM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.
Contact: Teri Steffek Tafuro
Tel: +1 713 750 1260
Contact: Brooks Campany
Company: Argent Financial Group
Tel: +1 615 385 2345
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include BBVA Compass, Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, SolomonEdwards, Pierpont Communications and the Houston Business Journal.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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