Prestigious award celebrates the entrepreneurial journey and impact of hospitality leader
FB Society, the creator of experiential and award-winning hospitality concepts, is proud to announce CEO Jack Gibbons was named an Ernst & Young 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest for his visionary leadership and building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth, and impact.
For nearly four decades, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage, and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries, and positively impacted their communities. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight, and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 US executives.
“I am truly humbled to receive the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest award,” said Gibbons. “This recognition is a testament to the incredible dedication and talent of the entire FB Society team. We are driven by our commitment to creating and executing hospitality experiences that defy norms and push boundaries. This prestigious award fuels our passion for innovating and redefining the dining landscape.”
Ernst & Young has a long-standing tradition of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs for nearly four decades. As the Entrepreneur of the Year Southwest winner, Gibbons joins a global community of entrepreneurs and alumni in over 60 countries.
As the Southwest award winner, Gibbons becomes eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 National Awards. The National Award winners, including the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award recipient, will be unveiled at EY’s Strategic Growth Forum in November.
FB Society, an award-winning restaurant incubator and operator, has developed a diverse portfolio of restaurant brands rooted in the company’s “WHY”: The courage to create and execute experiences never imagined. Co-founded by Randy DeWitt and Jack Gibbons, FB Society’s recipe for success comes from an unwavering commitment to innovation, attention to detail, and the creation of emerging brands. With over 20 brands conceptualized and launched, their brands boast exceptional valuations and impressive expansion. FB Society brands include Haywire, The Ranch, Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake, Sixty Vines, Ida Claire, Son of a Butcher, Legacy Food Hall, Modern Pour premium catering, Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co., and the not-for-profit Furlough Kitchen. With more exciting concepts on the horizon, FB Society continues to redefine the culinary landscape.
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