AMPOL President Winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Area Entrepreneur of the Year Award
American Pollution Control Corp. (AMPOL) President Kirk Headley was named the winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Area Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award, in the Environmental category. Kirk was one of 34 finalists in eight categories for the Gulf Coast region.
Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kirk was nominated by past recipient Dick Alario, President of Key Energy Services, and was interviewed and evaluated by a prestigious panel of judges made up of business, academic and community leaders. Other nominees included Tatiana Golovina of Houston Environmental Packaging Technologies and Sidney Torres IV of Chalmette, La.-based SDT Waste & Debris Services.
"I am truly honored and humbled to have received this award," said Kirk. "The success of AMPOL has and will always be a team effort, so this honor will be celebrated with my family, friends and colleagues."
Kirk received the award during the Ernst & Young 25th celebration of the program at the Houston InterContinental Hotel on June 22. Kirk will now move on to the National Entrepreneur of the Year competition in Palm Springs in November.
This year's Entrepreneur of the Year® Award Program had 1,891 applicants. The program has grown to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries worldwide.
AMPOL was the first privately owned contractor to own and operate a fleet of oil spill response vessels as well as the first oil spill response organization to own a manufacturing facility of spill response products. AMPOL now contains one of the largest privately owned inventories of emergency response equipment in the United States. The company believes in putting safety first; he has received multiple awards from insurance companies and clients for its commitment to safety.
A strong believer in community involvement, Headley recently completed the inaugural "Hunt for Heroes" event, where Purple Heart veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan were invited to the Headley ranch for a weekend of hunting, fishing and fun. Kirk, his wife, Brenda, and their two sons Hayden and Heath are members of the Ascension Episcopal Church and School.
As a total environmental solutions provider AMPOL focuses on restoration, going beyond response and cleanup. AMPOL employs nearly 200 employees and offers oil spill response, tank cleaning, confined space entry services, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) treatment and storage, lead and asbestos abatement services, insulation services, hazardous material (HAZ-MAT) emergency cleanup, soil remediation, demolition services, marine transportation and spill equipment manufacturing.
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