DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced on Oct. 7th that CEO and President Bryan Perkins of Novaria Group was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Southwest Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who excel in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Bryan was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced Oct. 7th via the program’s first virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur Of The Year. I have a great respect for EY’s longstanding history and reputation among business owners and entrepreneurs. To be acknowledged alongside other outstanding award winners, past and present, is a distinction I hold with humble regard,” Perkins said.

Since 1986, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and tenacity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Bryan will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.

Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC

Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation

Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks

Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.

James Park of Fitbit

Jodi Berg of Vitamix

Daymond John of Fubu

Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn

Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani

As a Southwest award winner, Bryan is eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced Thursday, Nov. 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.

Southwest sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone, Donnelly Financial, PNC Bank, Marquee Events, RHSB, Smith, Frank & Partners and D CEO Magazine.

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 and 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, celebrating entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities and in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy

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About Novaria Group

Novaria Group is a privately held corporation, focused on the premier supply of products to the aerospace and defense industries. Current business units include ESNA (www.esnaproducts.com), Space-Lok (www.space-lok.com), AcraAerospace (www.acraaerospace.com), Weatherford Aerospace (www.weatherfordaerospace.com), V&M Aerospace (www.vandmaero.com), Ferco Tech, L&E Engineering, (www.fercoaerospacegroup.com) and Long-Lok (www.longlok.com).


Marissa Kelly