In December 2007, during the onset of what has become one of the largest recessions in our country's history, O'Neill led his team to create Preferred Sands, an owner-operated frac sand and proppant company, providing the widest array of proppants to the oil and gas industry.
O'Neill's insight and vision has led Preferred Sands to dramatically increase its revenue in just over three years.
O'Neill believes that every business is a people business. His people philosophy is hire good people, invest in them and empower them. As an avid supporter of the Philadelphia community, he is active in education-focused charitable organizations, and the company matches employee charitable donations dollar-for-dollar.Preferred Sands' national footprint and strategically developed reserves have given the company a competitive advantage over its rivals, and O'Neill continues to position the company for innovative growth. Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category finalists In addition to O'Neill, the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources finalists were: Lynn Jurich, President & Co-founder, and Edward Fenster, CEO and Co-founder, Sunrun, based in San Francisco, Calif., the nation's leading solar power company; Sidney Hinton, CEO, PowerSecure International, Inc., based in Wake Forest, N.C., providers of energy technologies and services to electric utilities and their large industrial, commercial, institutional and municipal customers; and Cindy Taylor, President and CEO, Oil States International, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, designer, manufacturer, distributer and servicer of highly engineered products for sub-sea pipelines and offshore production platforms. National Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2012 Overall Award winner Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani, was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2012 Overall Award winner. Video and photos To view video clips of all of the Entrepreneur Of The Year winners, please visit ey.com/us/eoy. Photos of the winners are also available by request. Sponsors Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.