EY Announces Calvin Crowder of GridLiance Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Award Finalist in the Southwest Region

DALLAS, July 28, 2020 – EY recently announced that GridLiance President and CEO Calvin Crowder is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Award in the Southwest Region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program 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. Crowder was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.

Crowder joined GridLiance, an independent electric transmission utility holding company, in 2016 as president of South Central MCN LLC, now GridLiance High Plains. He was promoted to president and chief executive officer of GridLiance in 2017. Since that time, he has overseen the company as it expanded its presence to Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Nevada and driven innovative change that ensures fair treatment for all transmission customers, particularly those of rural electric cooperatives and public power utilities.

“I am honored to be recognized as a finalist alongside a group of transformative business leaders in the southwest region,” said Crowder. “Above all, I am proud of the progress GridLiance has made in fulfilling our mission to invest in collaborative transmission solutions to strengthen the grid. It’s a privilege to work with so many dedicated team members at GridLiance as well as our long-term business partners.”

Now in its 34th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Award program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners will be virtually announced on October 2, 2020 and are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced during the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards virtual event in November 2020. 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 and D CEO Magazine.

About GridLiance
GridLiance is an independent electric transmission utility holding company. GridLiance collaborates with rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, joint action agencies and others to plan for the future of the grid, invest in necessary electric infrastructure and implement strategies to improve system reliability and resiliency and reduce overall costs to customers. Based in Dallas, GridLiance operates over 700 miles of transmission lines and related substation facilities in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Nevada and Oklahoma. GridLiance is a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, an affiliate of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), a leading energy infrastructure investor. For more information about GridLiance, visit gridliance.com.

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. ey.com/eoy