EY this week announced that Matthew Briggs of Four Hands, a leading designer and global importer of trendsetting lifestyle home furnishings, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Award in the Distribution, Manufacturing and Real Estate category in Central Texas. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Briggs was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event on June 27, 2019 JW Marriott Austin.
“EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year award is one of the most prestigious awards for entrepreneurs across the globe, and I’m incredibly honored to be recognized among some of the top business leaders in Central Texas,” said Briggs, CEO of Four Hands. “Four Hands has been on a mission to evolve into a full lifestyle brand as well as improve every aspect of the customer experience. The changes we have made have clearly resonated with our customers and have allowed us to double the revenue over the last 5 years. We have an amazingly talented team of people that have made this happen and I’m incredibly grateful and proud to work with them.”
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 33rd year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Jodi Berg of Vitamix
- Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
- 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
- J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. of Marriott International, Inc.
- Lonnie Moulder and Mary Lynne Hedley, PhD, of TESARO, Inc.
As a Central Texas award winner, Briggs is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, C, on Nov. 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Based in Austin, TX, Four Hands is a designer and global importer of trendsetting lifestyle home furnishings. They have earned a reputation for blending styles, materials, and textures from diverse corners of the world to create distinct pieces for the home. Receiving numerous recognitions and accolades for their business acumen, including ranking in the Inc. 5000 list 13 times, Four Hands is one of the most dynamic companies in the furniture industry today. Founded in Austin in 1996, the business has grown to include offices in Vietnam, China, India, and the United States and showrooms in High Point, North Carolina, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Austin, Texas. The company supports the growing needs of large retail chains such as Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Pottery Barn, TJ Maxx, Restoration Hardware, as well as independent regional stores, and interior designers. Introducing over 900 new product styles each year, customers have access to more than 1,500 design-forward products from over 50 collections, spanning all home furnishing categories.