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EY Announces Dave Marcinkowski of Madera Companies as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Southwest Award Winner

DALLAS, June 19, 2024 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Dave Marcinkowski, Partner of Madera Companies was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Southwest Award winner. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the preeminent competitive awards program for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.

Dave Marcinkowski was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs and other business leaders. Candidates were evaluated based on their ability to create long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to their purpose and the demonstration of growth and substantial impact, among other key indicators.

“I am deeply honored and thrilled to have been awarded the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Award over the weekend," says Dave Marcinkowski. “This recognition is incredibly humbling, and I am profoundly grateful to the program and its esteemed panel of judges for this opportunity. It was a privilege to share my story and journey with you all. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way—my team, my family, and all of you who believe in the vision of Madera Companies. This award is not just a personal achievement but a testament to our entire team's hard work and dedication.”

Madera Companies is a Lubbock, Texas-based property investment company with offices in Dallas and Houston, specializing in investing in and transforming apartment communities across Texas and the Southeast. In recent years, the company diversified through in-house development of property technology software and hardware startup Quext, and its digital banking and fintech platform comprising Rent Plus, Fan, Inc., and Spur Security Bank.

As a Southwest award winner, Dave Marcinkowski is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 National Awards. The National Award winners, including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2025.  

Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage and entrepreneurial spirit. The program celebrates original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

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

  •   Barbara Smith of Commercial Metals Company
  •   Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
  •   Holly Thaggard and Amanda Baldwin of Supergoop!
  •   Das and Nipa Nobel of MTX Group
  •   James Park of Fitbit                 
  •   Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  •   Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  •   Michael Happe of Winnebago Industries
  •   Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
  •   Tom Brennan of Sol-Ark

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs. They receive exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in more than 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

In addition to Entrepreneur Of The Year, EY US supports other entrepreneurs through the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™(Winning Women) program and the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) to help connect women founders and Black and Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurs, respectively, with the resources, network and access needed to unlock their full potential.  


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, Cresa, Marsh USA, SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Southwest program, sponsors also include Platinum sponsors DFIN and Haynes and Boone LLP, Gold sponsors BGSF, Marsh and Roach Howard Smith & Barton and Silver sponsors Big Picture Inc., Pierpont Communications and The Slate. 

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®                                                                                                                      

Founded in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year® has celebrated more than 11,000 ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses in the US, and it has since expanded to nearly 80 countries and territories globally.

The US program consists of 17 regional programs whose panels of independent judges select the regional award winners every June. Those winners compete for national recognition at the Strategic Growth Forum® in November where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner represents the US at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition. Visit

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Company: Madera Companies
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