EY Announces JWB as an Entrepreneur Of The Year®Finalist
Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world


 August 27, 2020 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Gregg Cohen and Alex Sifakis, Co-Founders of JWB Real Estate Capital were named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Florida Award finalists. Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our world. Gregg Cohen and Alex Sifakis were selected as one of 21 finalists from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

Award winners will be announced through a special virtual event on October 8, 2020 and will join a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. This year, unstoppable entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support for their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience and ingenuity.

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.


Following college graduation, Cohen and Sifakis created their entrepreneurial real estate investment company following the advice and instruction of experts in the field.  Sifakis convinced his mother to allow him to use her retirement savings for his first endeavor and recalls, “Failure wasn’t an option.  If I lost my mom’s money, it meant that she would live with me for the rest of her life and I couldn’t let that happen.”  Though Cohen had a promising corporate job available to him, he recognized early the benefits of working for himself and knew that entrepreneurship made the most sense to create the best life for himself.

Despite starting on the eve of the real estate market collapse, Sifakis and Cohen were able to grow JWB into a vertically-integrated premium real estate investment company.  By offering unparalleled service to everyone they encountered, JWB grew a client base spanning the globe and managing more than 3,300 properties in the Jacksonville community.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In Florida, sponsors also include Platinum sponsor, PNC and Silver sponsor, the Orlando Business Journal.

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. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy

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