Larry Rigdon wins offshore marine entrepreneur award

The following is the text of a press release issued by Ernst & Young LLP:
(HOUSTON) — Rigdon Marine, Inc, a Gulf of Mexico offshore energy support company that was recently acquired by GulfMark Offshore, Inc., today announced that Larry Rigdon, Chief Executive Officer, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award in the Offshore Marine Services category in the Houston and Gulf Coast Area. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Larry Rigdon was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the InterContinental Houston Hotel on June 19, 2008.
“I am honored to be recognized by Ernst & Young as the Houston and Gulf Coast Area Entrepreneur of the Year 2008. While I am being personally acknowledged with this prestigious award, it truly belongs to the men and women at our company who have met the enormous challenges of the marine services industry successfully through their commitment to excellence,” said Mr. Rigdon.  
“Ernst & Young is pleased to honor outstanding leaders such as Larry Rigdon,” said Doug Bogart, Ernst & Young of the Year Program Director for the Houston and Gulf Coast Area. “Winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year award build leading businesses and contribute to a great deal to the communities around them. Their success helps our area grow stronger.”
As a Houston and Gulf Coast award winner, Larry Rigdon is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young of the Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2008. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young 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 pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In the Houston & Gulf Coast Area, local sponsors include Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Bowne, Lockton Companies, LLC, Longnecker & Associates and the Houston Business Journal.  Regional patrons are Pierpont Communications, Inc. and Spur Digital.
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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 award of its kind, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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By Professional Mariner Staff