June 26, 2017 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Co-founder and president Charles Willis of Pinot’s Palette was named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Gulf Coast Area. The EY awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Charles was selected as an EY finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners were announced at a special gala event on June 15, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.
“We had ideas of what success might look like when we took the entrepreneurial plunge, but Pinot’s Palette has surpassed all of our expectations,” said co-founder and president Charles Willis. “Being named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is one more validation of the magic that happens when the right business meets a huge embrace by operators and customers alike.”
Now in its 31st year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, SolomonEdwards, Chatham Financial, Pierpont Communications and Houston Business Journal.
Pinot’s Palette® is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. With more than 180 locations open or under development across 35 states and Canada, and new locations popping up monthly, Pinot’s Palette is the world’s fastest growing paint and sip franchise. Guests enjoy a no-skills-required art class - all supplies included - directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. By bringing fun, modern and creative ideas to their events, Pinot’s Palette curates a unique, rewarding experience while providing a worthwhile contribution to the community. For more information, visit www.PinotsPalette.com.
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