June 14, 2024

EY Announces Joe Spell of Tides Medical as an Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 Gulf South Award Winner

Celebrating the bold leaders who disrupt markets, revolutionize industries and transform lives 

Austin, TX June 14th 2024 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that CEO Joe Spell of Tides Medical was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Gulf South Award winner. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the preeminent competitive awards program for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.

Joe Spell was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs and other business leaders. Candidates were evaluated based on their ability to create long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to their purpose and the demonstration of growth and substantial impact, among other key indicators.

“I am honored to be named a winner amongst a stellar group of finalists. Being an entrepreneur is not a solo sport,” Spell says, “Thankfully I surround myself with an incredible team who share my mission to support patients in need and who work together to meet the challenges of a growing business head-on. I couldn’t be prouder of Tides Medical, my team and what we do.” Tides Medical is an amniotic tissue manufacturer that acquires, processes and distributes advanced wound care therapies for patients nationwide.

As a Gulf South award winner, Joe Spell is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 National Awards. The National Award winners, including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced 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 World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2025.

Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage and entrepreneurial spirit. The program celebrates original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized the leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Daymond John of FUBU
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
  • Holly Thaggard and Amanda Baldwin of Supergoop!
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Michael Happe of Winnebago Industries
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
  • Sheila Mikhail of AskBio

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

About Tides Medical

Tides Medical is a biotechnology company that sources and acquires donated placentas to make advanced skin substitutes. Based in Lafayette, LA, Tides also works closely with physicians and their staff to help them navigate the complex reimbursement process, ensuring that patients have access to the full range of treatment options they deserve. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Allison Billeaud

Marketing Communications Manager, Tides Medical

Phone: 337-224-0493