Thurston joins ranks of top entrepreneurs in the region

Austin, Texas, May 8, 2019 – EY today announced that Eric Thurston, President and CEO of Personify, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Central Texas region. The Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, founded by EY, recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Thurston was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.

“I am honored to be named a finalist in the 2019 Entrepreneur of The Year program in Central Texas,” said Eric Thurston, President and CEO of Personify. “Personify’s success is a testament to our incredible team that is dedicated to providing associations, nonprofits and companies with the solutions they need to increase their impact and achieve their goals. Together, we have made tremendous progress over the past year and we look forward to continuing this momentum throughout 2019.”

Personify is the market-leading provider of technology solutions for modern organizations looking to engage constituents, maximize revenue and optimize operations. In recent years, the company has expanded its portfolio to meet the emerging needs of the market and provide a comprehensive end-to-end platform for organizations to carry out their missions. Today, Personify is the largest software company focused on the nonprofit market that is headquartered in Austin, and maintains five offices across three countries.

The Entrepreneur of the Year program was founded in 1986 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now, in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Award winners for the Central Texas region will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 27 at the JW Marriott Austin.


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 Central Texas, sponsors also include Broadway Bank, Colliers International, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting, Watkins Insurance Group, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Pierpont Communications, Austin Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal.

About Personify

Personify is the market-leading Constituent Management and Engagement (CME) platform that empowers modern organizations to better engage their constituents, maximize revenue and optimize operations. For over 20 years, Personify been driving growth for a diverse group of organizations including associations, nonprofits, event professionals, YMCAs and JCCs. For more information, visit

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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