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EY Announces Brian Cameron, Saqib Dhanani, and Zee Makhani of HIREtech as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Gulf Coast Area Award Winners

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Houston, Texas, August 4, 2021 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Brian Cameron, Saqib Dhanani, and Zee Makhani of HIREtech were named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Gulf Coast Area Award winners. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Brian, Saqib, and Zee were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on August 4, 2021.

Brian Cameron CEO

“I am humbled to be recognized as a national finalist for EY 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year. The speed and precision HIREtech moves is often envied in the HR space. It’s simple, we have amazing people who are empowered to think and problem solve without boundaries. That mindset is why we are continually recognized with awards such as this.”

Saqib Dhanani, J.D. President

“I'm truly honored to receive this award for 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year. We have an amazing team that continuously help push all boundaries and keep us ahead of the curve.”

Zee Makhani Chief Technology Officer

“To receive this award for EY 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year and be recognized among top successful businessmen is a dream come true. I am blessed to be part of HIREtech where our clients and employees embrace our culture, service and technology we all have worked very hard in creating. I hope our story encourages the future entrepreneurs to work hard, never give up and continue to innovate and solve problems to make this world a better place.”

HIREtech is a technology-focused human capital management solution and tax incentive firm that provides software and services to help companies save time, save money, and reduce risk. HIREtech’s exclusive technology platform enables businesses to access the real-time data and intelligence to make important financial and hiring decisions. Services include I-9/E-Verify (simplifi-9), Employment & Wage Verification (WAGEverify), Tax Credits (hireCREDITS), and Unemployment Claims Management (proCLAIMS). Bridging the gap between human resources, tax, and finance, delivering industry leading results.

For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Brian, Saqib, and Zee will go on to become lifetime members of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

As Gulf Coast Area award winners, Brian, Saqib, and Zee are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • Saeju Jeong of Noom
  • Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Daymond John of Fubu


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include Colliers International, DLA Piper, LLC, PNC Bank, Houston Business Journal, Pierpont Communications, and SolomonEdwards.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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