HOUSTON, May 16, 2022 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Ting Qiao, Chief Executive Officer of Wan Bridge, a Texas-based builder and operator of build-to-rent (BTR) communities, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central South Award finalist. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.
Qiao was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes.
“I’m truly honored to receive this tremendous recognition, but Wan Bridge’s rise to success over the past half decade would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the team around me.” said Qiao. “And to all the other finalists, congratulations.”
Since 2016, Wan Bridge has earned a reputation as a build-to-rent (BTR) leader in Texas, transforming the traditional home ownership model to its core by building and operating BTR communities across the state. The company offers a diverse range of products ranging from low-density homes on acreage sites to medium-density developments that include duplexes, triplexes and townhomes.
Last year, Wan Bridge secured a multi-billion-dollar capital commitment from a well-capitalized, investment-grade U.S. institution to foster its growth plans. With ambitious and achievable goals, the investment is a catalyst for scalability, differentiation and market leadership. Over the next five years, the company plans to deliver an estimated 30,000 homes, mostly in the suburbs of Texas’s major metropolitan areas.
“Together, the Wan Bridge team continues to revolutionize real estate across Texas by providing one of the most forward-thinking living experiences available, differentiated through high-quality homes, community amenities, service-first property management, and most importantly, a hassle-free lifestyle,” Qiao continued. “I’m excited about the future and look forward to the awards ceremony in June!”
Regional award winners will be announced on June 23, 2022. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. 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 2023.
For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Central South, sponsors also include Colliers, DLA Piper, Marsh McLennan Agency, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting and Pierpont Communications.
About Wan Bridge
Wan Bridge is a Texas-based builder and operator of build-to-rent (BTR) communities across the state. Since 2016, we have been active in the acquisition, development and operation of our communities located in high-demand cities across the state, including Austin, Dallas and Houston. Our build-to-rent community products range from low-density homes on acreage sites to medium-density developments that include duplexes, triplexes and townhomes. We believe that residents do not have to own to call it home and our ultimate goal is to give residents more time with the people they love and partake in activities they enjoy the most. Build-to-rent provides that every day. Learn more at www.wanbridge.com.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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