Last week, Charlotte Medley and I attended the 23rd Annual Southwest Area - North Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Ceremony on behalf of our President and CEO, Governor Scott McCallum. The celebratory event was held at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas, and was attended by hundreds of industry professionals. The evening started with a reception followed by a walk down the “star”-covered red carpet into the Majestic Theater (the carpet literally had gold stars emblazoned with the names of each EOY finalist!).
In the theater, each award category was announced by an impressive line-up of executives, a series of video presentations highlighting the work of the category’s finalists played and then the anticipated envelope containing the winner’s name was opened. Governor McCallum was a finalist in the Innovative Category and it was exciting to see Aidmatrix on the Big Screen. Charlotte and I waited in anticipation for the envelope to be opened. And the winner is… “J. Scott McCallum”! We were thrilled at this exciting moment made even more exciting by the audience reaction, the bright lights and my journey to the stage accompanied by grand orchestra music to accept the award on behalf of Gov. McCallum and the Aidmatrix team.
After the awards ceremony, many of the event attendees approached Charlotte and me to congratulate us and to tell us how impressed and moved they were by the work of Gov. McCallum and Aidmatrix. We were proud to be the only nonprofit organization headed by an Ernst & Young EOY finalist at the event and guests were excited about our work and the fact that we bring such innovation to global humanitarian relief.
Governor McCallum was in impressive company among the finalists. The 11winners were:
J. Scott McCallum, CEO of Aidmatrix Foundation; David Boone, CEO of American CareSource Holdings Inc.; Miles “Jay” Allison, CEO of Comstock Resources Inc. in Frisco, TX; Lew Kling, CEO of Flowserve Corp.; Juli Spottiswood, CEO of Parago Inc.; John Pinkerton, CEO of Range Resources Corp.; Anthony Parella, CEO of Shared Technologies; Gail Warrior-Lawrence, CEO of Warrior Group; Michael Nadeau, CEO of Viverae Inc.; Mark Simmons, chairman of Simmons Foods Inc.; and John Matheson, CEO of Global Power Equipment Group Inc.
These 11 executives along with the winners from other regions now vie for the national Entrepreneur of the Year awards, which will be announced November 14 at a ceremony in Palm Springs, California.
Karen Krygowski, Director of Corporate Development