DALLAS, Texas May 11, 2017 - Blake Walker, CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Southwest region.  The EY awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Walker was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. 

Arcis Golf is one of the country’s leading golf course management companies, operating best-in class public and private golf courses and clubs across the United States.  The diversity of product and geography, coupled with the unique, one-of-a-kind portfolio, differentiates Arcis Golf from its competitors.

In less than four years, Arcis Golf has skyrocketed from a small start-up to the second largest fee simple owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States. At its helm Walker, who along with a best-in-class leadership team, is reinventing the modern club experience to make it more relevant to today’s consumer and generational experiential expectations, to promote greater facility usage, and to differentiate from market competitors.

“Arcis Golf’s innovative leadership team is approaching this business from an entirely new perspective, delivering unrivaled programming to actively engage our customers,” Walker commented.  “It’s energizing to work with such a talented group of individuals, like the folks I get to work with every day.”

The EY program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the national Entrepreneur of the Year competition and will be announced in November.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  In the Southwest region, sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, RHSB, M&M Special Events, Smith Frank & Partners, D CEO Magazine and SocialStrategy1.


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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

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About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of members and guests of all ages. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.


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