HOUSTON, June 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RigNet, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNET) a leading global provider of managed remote communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, today announced that Mark B. Slaughter has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in the Gulf Coast Area in the Services Category. The group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 26, 2014. "I am honored for the recognition as an Entrepreneur Of The Year by EY", said Mark Slaughter, RigNet's CEO and president. "RigNet has accomplished an incredible amount in the last seven years, and it has really been such an honor to help steward the company and its loyal employees through a very demanding and rewarding period. This award is the accumulation of many years of hard work by all our employees." Now in its 28th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. The program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award. Slaughter is eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum ®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.