From seeking refuge in America as a teenager to building America’s No. 2 fastest-growing company, Armir Harris’s story is a tale of resilience and vision.
Armir stands out as a National Finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Awards, selected from a formidable field of 224 regional winners from 197 companies. His journey to this accolade began with securing the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Gulf South Award at a regional ceremony in June, underscoring his significant accomplishments among a vast pool of talented entrepreneurs.
The EY awards program, encompassing 17 regional awards across the United States, celebrates entrepreneurial excellence through a rigorous selection process by panels of independent judges.
Armir’s journey to national finalist status is not just a personal triumph but also a vivid example of what can be achieved with determination and hard work, proving that even the most challenging beginnings can lead to great success. His ability to stand out among a large pool of talented entrepreneurs underscores the significant impact he has made in the charter bus industry.
“I’m incredibly honored to be recognized as a National Finalist alongside exceptional leaders across the country whose innovations are shaping our future,” Armir said. “This recognition underscores our unwavering commitment to revolutionizing the charter services industry, made possible by the dedicated contributions of the entire CharterUP team who have brought this vision to life.”
CharterUP, under Armir’s leadership, has transformed the charter bus industry with its innovative platform. Offering features like instant charter bus rentals, live tracking and dynamic pricing, CharterUP epitomizes accessibility, accountability and transparency.
While the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards celebrate individual entrepreneurs, Armir’s national recognition underscores the symbiotic relationship between his strategic vision and CharterUP’s success. The 111,130% revenue increase over three years, which earned CharterUP the No. 2 spot on the 2023 Inc. 5000 list, is a clear indicator of how Armir’s leadership has propelled CharterUP to industry prominence.
From regional winner to the national stage, Armir’s recognition from EY is significant for both him and CharterUP. It’s a sign of how effective leadership can drive a company’s success and shape its future. As CharterUP grows, it continues to embody the innovative spirit and customer-focused approach that this award celebrates.
Armir’s national influence extends beyond the EY stage, as he has been selected as a member of the Forbes Business Council. This elite group of entrepreneurs and business leaders gives Armir a national platform to share his insights and story, further amplifying his impact across the country.