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Dallas, TX, July 2, 2019 – EY has just announced that Michael Browning, CEO of Urban Air Adventure Park, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Hospitality category in the Southwest region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Browning was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX on June 29th.

“This is a distinguished honor for me and my entire Urban Air team,” Browning said. “It is because of their hard work, dedication and commitment to building the best location-based entertainment company in the world that I am able to accept this award. I’m grateful to be on this awesome journey with a group of leaders who work non-stop and have fun doing it! I’d also like to express my sincere appreciation to Patrick Reardon at PNC Financial Services for the nomination.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 33rd year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:

  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  • Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. of Marriott International, Inc.
  • Lonnie Moulder and Mary Lynne Hedley, PhD, of TESARO, Inc.

As a Southwest award winner, Browning is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


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 Southwest region, sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, PNC, Donnelley Financial Solutions, RHSB, Marquee Event Rentals, Smith Frank & Partners, D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1.

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