In the business of celebrating mold-breakers, EY announced its list of 2017 U.S. regional and category winners in its 31st annual Entrepreneur of the Year® awards. In total, 35 U.S. members of YPO made the list with Asif Ramji, President and CEO of Paymetric in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, taking top honors as EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 US in the Financial Services category. EY is YPO’s Strategic Learning Advisor.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year national award by EY,” says Ramji who began with Paymetric in 2009 as the Chief Revenue Officer when the company was losing millions. “I want to share this recognition with the Paymetric team for all of the innovative work that is done each day.” Ramji changed Paymetric’s business model from licensed software to a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription. Within 18 months, Paymetric transformed every client from licensed software purchaser to monthly recurring subscriber — generating monthly recurring revenue. The company’s client base tripled and it began to turn a profit.

The following U.S. YPO members were recognized by EY as U.S. regional winners:

Central Midwest: Marty Bicknell, CEO and President, Mariner, Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Central Midwest: David Lockton, Executive Chairman, Lockton Companies, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Central Texas: Sean Greenberg, Co-Owner, Pluckers Wing Bar, Austin, Texas, USA

Central Texas: Mike Howard, Chairman and CEO, Howard Energy Partners, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Central Texas: Travis Wilson, President and Co-CEO, Noonday Collection, Austin, TX

Florida: Brett Beveridge, Founder and CEO ,The Revenue Optimization Companies, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Florida: Adriana Cisneros, CEO, Cisneros, Miami, Florida, USA

Florida: Shari Dingle Costantini, CEO, Avant Healthcare Professionals, Casselberry, Florida, USA

Florida: Sal Nunziata, Co-CEO and Managing Director, FBC Mortgage LLC, Orlando Florida, USA

Greater Los Angeles: Chris Herbert, CEO, TrackR, Santa Barbara California, USA

Greater Los Angeles: Tracy Holland, CEO, HATCHBEAUTY Products, LLC, Los Angeles, California, USA

Greater Los Angeles: Bryce Maddock, Co-Founder and CEO, TaskUs, Austin, Texas, USA

Greater Philadelphia: Nick Bayer, Founder and CEO, Saxbys, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Gulf Coast: Michael L. Soper, President and CEO, Legacy Funeral Group, LLC, Houston, Texas, USA

Maryland: Ashton Newhall, Co-founder and Managing General Partner, Greenspring Associates, Owings Mills, Maryland, USA

Mid-Atlantic: Ashish Kachru, Chairman and CEO, Altruista Health, Reston, Virginia, USA

Mountain Desert: Andrew Cousin, CEO, Circle Graphics, Longmont, Colorado, USA

Mountain Desert: Elia Wallen, CEO, Travelers Haven & Hotel Engine, Denver, Colorado, USA

New England: Ben Shaw, Founder and CEO, Vets First Choice, Portland, Maine, USA

New Jersey: Jay Ruparel, Co-Founder and CEO, Azure Knowledge Corporation, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

New Jersey: Rick Taketa, President and CEO, York Risk Services Group, Inc.  Newport Beach, California, USA

New York: Ken Colao, President and CEO, CNY Group, New York City, New York, USA

Northern California: Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO, hint, inc. San Francisco, California, USA

Northern California: George Kurtz, Co-founder and CEO, CrowdStrike, Sunnyvale, California, USA

Northern California: Sam Shank, CEO HotelTonight, San Francisco, California, USA

Ohio Valley: Beau Necco, CEO, NECCO, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

San Diego: David Gilbert, Founder and CEO, National Funding, San Diego California, USA

Southwest: Sulman Ahmed, CEO and Founder, Deca Dental Group, Dallas, Texas, USA

Southeast: Bill Smith, Founder and CEO, Shipt, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Southeast: Satya Tiwari, President, Surya, White, Georgia, USA

Southwest: Aaron Graft, Founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Triumph Bancorp, Inc., Dallas, Texas, USA

Upper Midwest: Ben Gray, CEO, Creative Apparel Concepts, Inc., Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA

Western Penn and West: Jeff Broadhurst, President and CEO, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Western Penn and West: Patrick Cozzens, President, Modern Transportation Services, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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