Iapetus Holdings Voted Gold Stevie® Winner in 20th Annual American Business Awards


HOUSTON – April 28, 2022 – Iapetus Holdings was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award (Company of the Year – Diversified Service Industries – Large category) in the 20th Annual American Business Awards®. In addition, CEO, Craig Taylor, was voted the Entrepreneur of the Year (Business & Professional Services) Silver award winner, and Sally Lechin received the Marketer of the Year – Bronze distinction.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word meaning “crowned”, the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 13th.

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Thought Leader of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. The judges commented, “The company’s growth both in terms of revenue and headcount is very impressive.” More than 230 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

According to the judges who voted for the Company of The Year, “The company appears to have brought some unique perspectives to the energy field.”  Regarding the Entrepreneur of the Year entry, a judge commented, “I am very impressed with your growth and continued perseverance despite the challenging times we have faced in the last year. I am particularly excited to see your work with Atlas Scholars and the holistic approach you are taking with regards to growing the current business while helping out the next generation that will come up the ranks behind us. Growing your business and employees while focusing on defining issues of our time like climate change and the push to net-zero is an inspiration I hope others will want to follow”.

The president of the Stevie Awards, Maggie Miller, stated, “We are so pleased that we will be able to stage our first ABA awards banquet since 2019 and to celebrate, in person, the achievements of such a diverse group of organizations and individuals.” Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2022 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

About Iapetus Holdings

Iapetus Holdings LLC is a privately held, minority and veteran-owned portfolio of energy and utility services businesses and alternative investments. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Iapetus brings an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking approach and a deep bench of experienced individuals with diverse backgrounds in finance, energy, safety, risk management, communications, human resources, and various other spectrums. The Iapetus suite is a multimillion-dollar portfolio with offices throughout the U.S., efficiently structured to deliver optimum results for clients. The operating companies include Atlas Retail Energy, Atlas Commodities, Atlas Field Services, Soaring Eagle Technologies, Gold Coast Utility Specialists, and Hyperion Safety Environmental Solutions. Iapetus is the proud sponsor of a 501c3 non-profit, Atlas Scholars. Iapetus was recognized among the 2021 Houston Business Journal Diversity in Business Award honorees as well as the Top 50 Multicultural Leaders and Top Financial Leaders by the National Diversity & Leadership Conference. Iapetus won the 2021 Company and Organization Platinum as well as the Entrepreneur category Titan Business Awards. Iapetus Holdings tops the 2022 Houston Business Journal list largest veteran-owned companies ranked by revenue.

Taylor and Iapetus COO, Tejpal Singh, cofounded Atlas Scholars, a 501c3 non-profit that annually provides a diverse group of high school students a professional development program consisting of mentorship, scholarships, and exposure to performance-based, professional environments. Once accepted, students are a part of a dynamic three-year program consisting of three one-month summer sessions and year-round mentoring. The program connects the students with industry leaders and exposes them to high-pressure, performance-based environments. Students go on to become leaders in their high schools, universities, and careers. To date, Atlas Scholars has benefitted 87 scholars and has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships. In 2021, Atlas Scholars won the ALLY Energy GRIT Trailblazer Superheroes Award.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.