Merrick Systems’ President & CEO, Kemal Farid, Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award Finalist in Houston & Gulf Coast Area

HOUSTON, May 27 – Merrick Systems, Inc. today announced that Co-Founder, President & CEO, Kemal Farid, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in the Houston & Gulf Coast Area.  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 400 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the InterContinental Houston Hotel.  

Merrick Systems is a market leader in information technologies for the midstream and upstream oil and gas industry. Recognized for its industry expertise and innovation, Merrick is focusing on operational solutions to improve production operations. Utilizing best of breed industrial IT, Merrick extends oil and gas producing asset life, lowers lifting costs, increases production, and improves health, safety and environmental protection.

“I am honored to be nominated, alongside some of Houston’s foremost emerging business leaders, for this prestigious award which stands for excellence in entrepreneurship. This nomination is a statement of validation for our long time strategy of bringing top-of-the-line, innovative technologies to oil fields worldwide and taking a leading role in the digital oilfield revolution, helping better utilization of reservoirs and meeting the rapidly rising global demand for oil and gas” stated Kemal Farid.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd 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 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, sponsors include Bowne of Houston, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, LLC, Longnecker & Associates and the Houston Business Journal.  Regional Patrons are Pierpont Communications, Inc. and Spur Digital Marketing.
About Merrick Systems, Inc.
Merrick Systems provides innovative software and hardware technologies for the upstream and midstream oil & gas industry. The company’s suite of technology solutions covers the full range of operational needs, from field data capture, hydrocarbon accounting, regulatory compliance, web-based production monitoring, technical data management, engineering workflow management, patented RFID technology to track down hole, subsea and drilling assets, to production optimization tools. Headquartered in Houston, Merrick has regional offices in Canada, Mexico, Norway, Indonesia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Recognized as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies in Houston, Merrick is also an active player in establishing and promoting open data exchange standards for the oil and gas industry. Visit <> .
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year
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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