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nLIGHT’s CEO Scott Keeney Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the technology category

Vancouver, WA  June 26, 2006 – nLIGHT Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high-power semiconductor lasers, today announced that Scott Keeney, President and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 Award in the technology category for the Pacific Northwest. According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. Mr. Keeney was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 20th anniversary gala event at the Westin Bellevue on June 23, 2006.  

“I am very honored to be selected as the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 Award in the technology category for the Pacific Northwest,” said Keeney. “This honor and award belongs to over 100 employees at nLIGHT who have done a fantastic job. Because of our great team, nLIGHT leads the world in high-power semiconductor lasers used in a variety of applications, including prostate surgery, entertainment systems, and aircraft defense. We remain extraordinarily driven to continue to grow. This is a tremendous honor,” said Keeney. 

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues to honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. “Ernst & Young is proud of its history in recognizing these outstanding leaders and their companies,” said Greg Beams, Ernst & Young partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for the Pacific Northwest.

As a Pacific Northwest award recipient, Mr. Keeney is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 18, 2006. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year® award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo. 


About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards®
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses.  The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.

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