CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ernst & Young LLP has announced Radcliffe “Cliffe” Killam II, President & CEO of Killam Development, as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Gulf Coast Area Award finalist. 

Ernst & Young has been running its entrepreneur of the year award for 35 years. The law firm says the program honors “unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond.”

Killam was selected by a panel of independent judges.

“This recognition means so much to me, my family, and our organization,” said Killam. “However, I am even more excited about this award because it showcases border communities where we do business, like Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, as dynamic, growing, and vibrant.”

Killam Development is part of Killam Companies, a private, family-owned business that has been serving South Texas for more than 100 years. Killam Companies has a long and successful history in the oil and gas industry, real estate development, ranching, and investments. It is developing a major master-planned community on the Sharyland Plantation south of Mission, Texas.

Ernest & Young says its entrepreneur of the year program is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The law firm says nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. 

Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 4 and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, a gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.

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

In Gulf Coast Area, sponsors of the entrepreneur of the year award also include Colliers International, DLA Piper, LLC, PNC Bank, Houston Business Journal, Pierpont Communications, and SolomonEdwards.

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