Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award® Finalists and Judges for Southeast Region

Thirty-one impressive companies chosen to represent a new, unified Southeast program
April 24, 2013 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the Southeast, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The prestigious award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges from a pool of 90 nominations. The 90 Southeast applicants employ more than 42,000 people in the workforce, and report more than $8.5 billion in annual sales. Notably, Southeast finalists represent 79 percent of the employee total and 82 percent of the revenues reported.

Award recipients will be announced at a gala on June 6 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

The finalists are:

John Marshall, CEO and Founder, AirWatch, Atlanta GA
Michael Cartwright, Chairman, American Addiction Centers, Brentwood TN
Anisa Telwar, President, Anisa International, Atlanta GA
Michael Mullen, President and CEO, Atherotech Diagnostics Lab, Birmingham AL
David Cummings, CEO Atlanta Tech Village/Kevy (former CEO of Pardot), Atlanta GA
David Morken, CEO and Co-Founder, Bandwidth, Raleigh NC
James D. Petrilla, President and CEO, BioAgilytix Labs, Durham NC
Michael S. Hartnett, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Chief Investment Officer and Ted W. Rollins,
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO, Campus Crest Communities, Inc., Charlotte NC
J. Fielding Miller, CEO and Co-Founder, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Raleigh NC
Lynne Laube, President, Cardlytics, Atlanta GA
S. David Passman III, CEO, Carmike Cinemas, Inc., Columbus GA
Shashi Reddy, Founder and CEO, Case-Mate, Inc., Tucker GA
Daniel J. McDonough, President and CEO, Commercial Credit Group, Inc., Charlotte NC
Susan A. Butler, Executive Director of Administrative Services, and Ann Eldridge, Executive
Director of Clinical Services, Early Autism Project, Inc., Sumter SC
Mark Gilreath, Founder, President and CEO, EndoChoice, Inc., Alpharetta GA
Dr. Albert J. Siemens, Chairman and CEO, FHI 360, Durham NC
Keith Luedeman, CEO and Founder, goodmortgage.com, Charlotte NC
David Scheible, President and CEO, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., Atlanta GA
Joey Hemphill, Chairman and Treasurer, and Trent Hemphill, President and CEO, Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, Nashville TN
Tom Beaty, President and CEO, Insight Sourcing Group, Norcross GA
Tiffany Crenshaw, President and CEO, Intellect Resources, Greensboro NC
Dr. Henry H. Scherich, President, Measurement Incorporated, Durham NC
Monica Wooden, CEO and Co-Founder, MercuryGate International, Cary NC
Karl A. Schledwitz, CEO and Chairman, Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, Memphis TN
Michael Smith, CEO, Paragon Metals, Inc., Charlotte NC
John Andros, CEO, Powerplan, Atlanta GA
Dr. Russell W. Helms, CEO, and Dr. Laura Helms Reese, CEO, Rho, Chapel Hill NC
Sepideh Asefnia, President and Owner, SEPI Engineering & Construction, Raleigh NC
Gerard J. Hall, President and CEO, SMT (SportsMEDIA Technology), Durham NC
Jay Faison, Founder and Chairman, SnapAV (Wirepath Home Systems DBA SnapAV), Charlotte NC
C. Gray Wheeler, President, Yale Carolinas, Inc., Charlotte NC

“This outstanding list of finalists brings a great deal of enthusiasm to our Southeast program this year,” said Connie Austin, Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year Partner. “Their dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship, with a strong focus on their communities, clearly demonstrates the increasingly important role entrepreneurs play in the business world. We are lucky to have them represent our region in this global award program, and thrilled to highlight their successes and incredible stories of turning a vision into a reality.”
The judges for the 2013 program are:
Bill Boyd, Chairman, Agility Recovery Solutions, North Carolina
Leah Brown, President and CEO, A10 Clinical Solutions, Inc., North Carolina
Karen Robinson Cope, Senior Vice President, NanoLumens, Inc., Georgia
Michael R. Cote, Chairman and CEO, SecureWorks, Georgia
Amy Mendendorp, Retired SunTrust executive and Piedmont Healthcare Board Member, Georgia
Joe Scarlett, Retired Chairman, Tractor Supply Company, Tennessee
Richard Staub, President and CEO, Novella Clinical, North Carolina

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Southeast, regional sponsors include King & Spalding LLP, Merrill Datasite, PNC and Vaco.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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2012 Driver Awards

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company held their annual driver’s meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Drivers gathered for a morning of updates, new rules and regulations and celebration of the past year’s accomplishments, including awards of excellence. Hemphill Brothers Coach Company would like to congratulate their 2012 Driver Award Winners…

The Ron “Bear” Jones Driver of the Year Award: Calvin Lee
Honorable Mention: Kurt Fetty
For showing outstanding leadership, being helpful to other drivers, being a team player, keeping a positive attitude, being a safe driver and keeping their bus spotless.

Award of Excellence: Dwayne Harper
Honorable Mention: Robb Elders, Jason Jackson, Steve “Rabbit” Easter, Lashawn Lundstrom, Kurt Fetty, Candace Lee, Steven Troy
For showing the greatest improvement in their dedication to excellence in their duties by completing and submitting all required paperwork with minimal violations.

Maintenance Achievement Award: Tim Robison
Honorable Mention: Michael Kersh
For setting the highest standard in preventative maintenance and equipment quality.

Leadership Award: Ty Saunders
For displaying the ability to lead by setting a standard that others will want to follow.

Helping Hand Award: Fred Reed
For displaying the highest willingness and greatest abilities to help other drivers with their mechanical and interior repairs while on the road.

Rookie of the Year: Glenn Dustin
For showing that even though they have only been with Hemphill Brothers for a relatively short time, they have what it takes to someday be a driver of the year

Also in 2012, Dwayne Harper celebrated 20 years with Hemphill Brothers Coach Company and was honored by the company.

2013 Top Dog Award

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On January 26, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ Hemphill Brothers Coach Company was awarded Coach Company of the Year during Tour Link 2013 at the Top Dog Awards. Hemphill Brother’s Chairman & Treasurer, Joey Hemphill and Hemphill Brother’s Vice-President, Mark Larson were on hand to accept the prestigious honor. The Top Dog Awards are voted on by peers in the touring community. For more information on Tour Link , the Top Dog Awards and a complete list of winners, check out the websiteRIGHT HERE

 

Popular trio, Point of Grace performed at the annual Hemphill Brothers Coach Company Christmas Party

Popular trio, Point of Grace performed at the annual Hemphill Brothers Coach Company Christmas Party

Hemphill Brothers Coaches to be featured on “Extreme RV’s” premiere block on Travel Channel!

Fall brings a new season for our favorite TV shows and once again Hemphill Brothers Coaches is proud to be included in “Extreme RV’s” premiere block on Sunday, November 11th starting at 9:00PM ET/PT on Travel Channel!

Tune in on November 11th and check it out.

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NEW THREE-EPISODE SPECIAL: Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
In the first all-new episode (airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT), the Hemphill Brothers, who have been building custom coaches for decades, are creating a one-of-a-kind mobile mansion for country sensation The Band Perry – complete with a rolling mobile studio!

Highway Harmony

Trent and Joey Hemphill had the pleasure of appearing on the cover of the August 16-22 issue of American Profile Magazine (www.americanprofile.com). With a circulation of over 20 million they received tons of positive feedback.

Most notably to Trent and Joey was an additional font page article in their home town newspaper, The Bastrop Daily Enterprise (www.bastropenterprise.com) ! Check out both sites for the full stories.

Hemphill Brothers Featured in At Home Tennessee

Hemphill Brothers was recently featured in an article in the magazine At Home Tennessee. You can read the article online here:

https://hemphillbrothers.com/news/press/athometenn_mag.pdf

Ronnie Dunn Featured in Celebrity Motor Homes

This Friday may be the first time in his extensive career that Ronnie Dunn has ever been featured alongside hip-hop Producer Timbaland and X Factor and Idol creator Simon Cowell, but on this week’s airing of HGTV’s Celebrity Motor Homes, Dunn takes fans behind the curtain to see his home on wheels—his tour bus! Tune in to HGTV this Friday, June 8 / 9 p.m. ET.

** Look for reruns of this program airing on HGTV and read more about the program HERE

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company Joins Forces With ShowHope To Create the Red Bus Project

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company Joins Forces With ShowHope To Create the Red Bus Project

Hemphill Brothers Coach Company was thrilled to join forces with ShowHope to make their dreams of a double decker bus thrift store become a reality. A bus was shipped from England in early 2012 and converted to a rolling store where college kids could donate clothing, shop and give donations for orphan care. The Red Bus Project is currently traveling to universities across the southeast this Spring with hopes of additional stops in the Fall. For more information, pictures and video clips, log onto www.redbusproject.org.

2012 Drivers Meeting

Each January Hemphill Brothers Coach Company brings together all of their drivers for the annual Driver’s Meeting. In 2012, the drivers gathered for a morning of updates, new rules and regulations and celebration of the past year’s accomplishments, including awards of excellence.

Below is a list of the awards given and this year’s recipients.

Leadership Award: Marty Beeler
For displaying the ability to lead by setting a standard that others will want to follow.

Award of Excellence: STEVE “Rabbit” EASTER
For showing the greatest improvement in their dedication to excellence in their duties by completing and submitting all required paperwork with minimal violations.
Honorable Mentions: Earle Singleton, Fred Reed, Billy Jones, Josh Easter, Mike Jones, Billy Smith Jr., Marc Speer and Jack Cummings

Most Improved: Danny Fetty

Driver of the Year: Dale Brock
For showing outstanding leadership, being helpful to other drivers, being a team player, keeping a positive attitude, being a safe driver and keeping their bus spotless
Honorable Mention: Curly Jones

Helping Hands Award: Curly Jones
For displaying the highest willingness and greatest abilities to help other drivers with their mechanical and interior repairs while on the road.

Maintenance Achievement: John Dogherra
For setting the highest standard in preventative maintenance and equipment quality.

Rookie of the Year: Darryl Lee
For showing that even though they have only been with Hemphill Brothers for a relatively short time, they have what it takes to someday be a driver of the year

Also during the meeting, Kurt Fetty celebrated 20 years with Hemphill Brother’s Coach Company, while Jim “Casper” Dezwarte celebrated 25 years and Ron “Bear” Jones celebrated 30 years. From that day forward, the Driver of the Year was named the Ron “Bear” Jones Driver of the Year Award in honor of his 30 years of service.

31st Annual Hemphill Brothers Christmas Party

The 31st Annual Hemphill Brother’s Christmas Party was held in December for employees and their families at Gaylord in Nashville, TN. Everyone enjoyed a sit down dinner and giveaways throughout the evening. Music was provided by the Silver Strings before and during dinner. Later that night, Russ & Becky Jeffers and the Smokey Mountain Sunshine Band played and sang for everyone in attendance. They performed for many years at Opryland Theme Park until it closed. Trent and Joey Hemphill were presented with checks for their favorite charities from the employees. Trent’s check was for the Bridge Ministry, while Joey’s went to Make A Wish. The night was filled with many memories, family fun and celebration of a wonderful year and season.

Travel Channel to Re-Air Extreme RV’s Featuring Hemphill Brother’s Coach Company

The Travel Channel is set to re-air the highly acclaimed “Extreme RV’s” block on Sunday, February 19, 2012. Hemphill Brother’s Coach Company will be featured during the 6:00 pm (est) hour and will showcase the making of two brand new buses. The hour-long program highlights the Hemphill Brother’s facility, their shop employees and their unique craftsmanship of their custom coaches. Be sure to tune in!

Sunday, February 19th
6:00PM E/P
Extreme RVs

It’s the best of the band buses with Hemphill Brothers, a family’s dream of sprinting in style comes true thanks to CMI, and big things from the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. TV-PG, CC.

2011 Parnelli Award Winner – Coach Company of the Year

For the Fourth time Hemphill Brothers has been awarded as the Coach Company of the Year during the 2011 Parnelli Awards.  This year the event was held in Orlando, FL and Joey Hemphill was on hand to accept the awards.  Way to go Hemphill Brothers!

For more information on the Parnelli Awards please visit http://www.parnelliawards.com

Country Weekly Magazine Interview

Trent and Joey Hemphill were recently interviewed for an article on Hemphill Brothers Coach Company for Country Weekly Magazine.

Hemphill Brothers Hires CFO

Hemphill Brothers Leasing Co., LLC. has hired Randy Pitman as their Chief Financial Officer.

Pitman, a CPA, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Tennessee Tech University. Before joining Hemphill Brothers he worked for Comdata Corporation where he served most recently as the Executive Vice President of Finance. Prior to Comdata Pitman was an Audit Senior for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Nashville, TN.

2010 Parnelli Award Winner – Coach Company of the Year

Hemphill Brothers was once again named Coach Company of the Year for the third time at the 2010 Parnelli Awards. Thank you to everyone that voted for us, we appreciate and value your support. Trent and Joey Hemphill

For more information on the Parnelli Awards please visit http://www.parnelliawards.com/

Dierks Bently performs at 30th Annual Employee Christmas Party

In mid-December Hemphill Brothers Coach Company held their annual Employee Christmas Party to bring everyone together for the holiday season. Each year the event gets bigger and bigger as they host 150+ employees and their families. For the past few years this gathering has been held at Gaylord Opryland’s Springhouse Golf Club and this year they welcomed a special performance from a long time client, Dierks Bentley http://dierks.com/. Past performers have included The Silver Cornet Band, Phil Vassar and many of their very talented employees and their children. The Nashville Strings played in the background as all enjoyed a family style dinner with all the trimmings. In between bites everyone checked their raffle tickets that they had been given to see if they were lucky enough to win one of the many door prizes given out during the party. In lieu of gifts for the owners, Trent and Joey Hemphill, the drivers and employees pooled together their money and donated $1,200 to each of Trent and Joey’s favorite charities, The Bridge Ministry (http://www.bridgeministry.org/) in Trent’s name and The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle TN (http://www.midtnwishes.org/) in Joey’s name. As things winded down the evening ended with everyone singing along to Silent Night. Here are a few PHOTOS from this wonderful event.

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2011 Driver Meeting

Each January Hemphill Brothers Coach Company brings together all of their drivers to go over the past years accomplishments and to hand out awards. This year we also awarded Paul Hortop with a Rolex watch for 20 years of excellent service to our clients…keep on rolling Paul! CLICK HERE for a list of the awards given each year and their 2010 recipients.

The Oprah Show

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If you tuned your televisions to The Oprah Show on May 5th, 2010 you got some valuable fashion tips. Oprah’s broadcast on that day included a segment called “Make Over My Man” and Hemphill Brothers was able to provide the mobile salon for the unsuspecting gentlemen. Check your local listings for show times and channels. Here is a photo of the Mobile Salon.

2009 Parnelli Award Winner–Coach Company of the Year

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Hemphill Brothers has been nominated in the category of Coach Company of the Year for the 2009 Parnelli Awards. This year’s ceremony will be held November 20, 2009 in Orlando, FL. They hope to follow up their 2006 win by bringing home the top prize. Check out www.parnelliawards.com to see how you can cast your vote for Hemphill Brothers Coach Company. Thank you for all your support!
And the winner is…HEMPHILL BROTHERS COACH COMPANY!

2010 Driver’s Meeting

Each January Hemphill Brothers Coach Company brings together all of their drivers to go over the past year’s accomplishments and to hand out awards. This year was another great year for our drivers with 97% clear MVR’s. We also logged 5,890,000 miles and this year Terry Ford celebrated his 20th year of driving for Hemphill Brothers. Way to go drivers! See Below for a list of the awards given each year and their 2010 recipients.

Leadership Award: DWAYNE HARPER
For displaying the ability to lead by setting a standard that others will want to follow.

Award of Excellence: TY SAUNDERS
For showing the greatest improvement in their dedication to excellence in their duties by completing and submitting all required paperwork with minimal violations.
Honorable Mention: STEVE EASTER , DWAYNE HARPER, TONY HAMMONDS, LASHAWN LUNDSTROM, EARLE SINGLETON, CURLY JONES, DANNY SHELNUT, JOHN MORGAN

Most Improved: MIKE WARBINGTON

Driver of the Year: CURLY JONES
For showing outstanding leadership, being helpful to other drivers, being a team player, keeping a positive attitude, being a safe driver and keeping their bus spotless
Honorable Mention: TONY HAMMONDS

Helping Hands Award: FRED REED
For displaying the highest willingness and greatest abilities to help other drivers with their mechanical and interior repairs while on the road.

Maintenance Achievement: MICHAEL KERSH
For setting the highest standard in preventative maintenance and equipment quality.
Honorable Mention: DALE BROCK

Rookie of the Year: BRETT PREMER
For showing that even though they have only been with Hemphill Brothers for a relatively short time, they have what it takes to someday be a driver of the year.

Hemphill Brothers Employees Spread the Joy this Holiday Season

Each year the employees and drivers of Hemphill Brothers Coach Company collect money for a gift to show their appreciation to their employers, Trent and Joey Hemphill. This year the money was collected and was turned into two $1,200 donations to two local charities. Joey presented his check to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee which helps grant wishes for very ill children. Trent presented his check to The Bridge Ministry which provides food, clothing and fellowship to Nashville’s homeless.

Diamond Rio performs at 29th Annual Employee Christmas Party

Hemphill Brothers was honored to have one of their long time clients, Diamond Rio, perform at their 29th Annual Employee Christmas Party. They played many of their hits and some Christmas classics. The employees and their families were welcomed into the Gaylord Springs Golf Club by the string quartet Silver Strings. All enjoyed a lovely buffet style dinner and the night included wonderful gifts and prizes.