Merrick Systems’ Kemal Farid Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award Finalist in the Houston & Gulf Coast Area Program

HOUSTON, May 19, 2009 – Merrick Systems, Inc. announced today that Kemal Farid, Co-Founder, President & CEO, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Houston & Gulf Coast Area Program. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Farid was selected as a finalist from nearly 550 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 18, 2009 at the InterContinental Houston Hotel. 

A market leader in information technologies for the midstream and upstream oil and gas industry, Merrick is recognized for its deep domain expertise and innovation. Applying best of breed technologies, Merrick extends oil and gas producing asset life, lowers lifting costs, increases production, and improves operational safety.

“I’m thrilled to be recognized among Houston’s most distinguished business men and women,” Farid said. “This award recognizes the spirit of entrepreneurship that makes our city a leader in the global economy, and to be a part of that is a great honor.  Merrick strives to address the global energy supply challenge by taking a leading role in the digital oilfield revolution, and we’re thrilled to receive recognition for our work.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. 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.

About Merrick Systems
Merrick Systems is an established market leader in information technology for the oil and gas industry, providing innovative software, hardware and professional services to address production operations, engineering and asset management. Merrick’s integrated applications
include real-time surveillance and optimization; field operations management; field data capture; hydrocarbon production accounting; mobile computing for field and drilling operations; engineering workflow orchestration and ruggedized RFID for drilling and asset management. To learn more about Merrick, visit

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award 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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