Waitr Founder and CEO Chris Meaux speaks during Waitr Day, a celebration of Waitr's move to it's new Jefferson Street location, Friday, February 15, 2019, in downtown Lafayette, La.

Waitr founder and CEO Chris Meaux has been named a finalist for the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast area.

Meaux is one of only three finalists from Louisiana. Nominees were selected by a panel of independent judges, and winners will be announced June 21 in Houston.

The award, presented by Ernst & Young, LLP, recognizes entrepreneurs demonstrating excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance, risk and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“Being nominated for such a prestigious award is significant all by itself," Meaux said. "But this is even more special to me because it focuses on the area in which I’ve lived and worked my entire professional career. It’s also a tremendous testament to the Waitr team members, who strive for excellence each day. This wouldn’t have been possible without their efforts.” 

Meaux has overseen Waitr’s rapid growth in the restaurant delivery sector since the company’s launch four years ago. Since then the company has gone public after Tilman Fertitta’s Landcadia Holdings purchased the company and acquired Minneapolis-based Bite Squad, raising its number of employees to 1,000 nationwide.

Waitr grew revenue more than 200 percent in 2018 and now partners with 20,000 restaurants in 600 cities throughout the United States. It operates in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport, New Orleans, Alexandria, Monroe, Hammond, Houma and Thibodaux.

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