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Veterans United founders win Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

June 7, 2012

Veterans United founders recognized for entrepreneurship with Ernst & Young award.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Brant and Brock Bukowsky, founders of Veterans United Home Loans, won the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award in the financial services category for the Central Midwest on Tuesday night in Kansas City, MO.

The award recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in a respective field. Winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent judges, including previous winners, leading CEOs and private capital investors. The award, now in its 26th year, has expanded to recognize leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries.

"Winning this award is not just for us as individuals, it's recognition of the work of everyone at Veterans United Home Loans," Brant Bukowsky said. "Being able to work with such great people who strive to enhance the lives of others on a daily basis is inspiring. We are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this team and are fortunate to be on this amazing journey."

The brothers have always had a passion for entrepreneurship. Before founding Veterans United, the two started a ticket brokerage company while still attending the University of Missouri. That enterprise was eventually sold to a subsidiary of Ticketmaster.

With the rush of building a business from scratch still fresh, the brothers took the same concepts that made for a successful ticket brokerage business into the mortgage industry and Veterans United was born.

Today, Veterans United employs more than 900 in more than a dozen states. The company has served more than 30,000 military families and veterans in their search for a dream home. The company's growth has earned recognition in Inc. 500 as one of the fastest growing companies in the country and has been honored as one of Columbia's best places to work.

Veterans United Facts

  • $16.4 billion
    in loans financed in 2019
  • No. 17 on the 100 Best Companies to Work for List
    published by Great Place to Work and Fortune in 2020
  • More than $50 million
    raised for nonprofit charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation since Nov. 2011
  • More than 3,000 employees
    in more than 20 states

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Meet The Expert

Chris Birk, Director of Education at Veterans United Chris Birk
Author, The Book on VA Loans

Chris is the nation’s leading expert on VA Loan benefits. He authored The Book on VA Loans in 2011, and maintains the VA Loans Insider blog. His analysis and articles have appeared at a host of sites and publications, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, USA Today, the Houston Chronicle and more. Members of the media may request a free copy of The Book on VA Loans to learn more about the VA loan program.

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