John Kealey of iDirect Technologies Named Winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2005 Award

John Kealey of iDirect Technologies Named Winner of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2005 Award


WASHINGTON, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- John Kealey of iDirect Technologies was named a winner by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2005 Awards in Greater Washington in the Communications category. John was selected from 30 finalists in the Greater Washington program, by an independent panel of judges comprised of local business, academic and community leaders and announced at an award banquet on June 23, at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Kealey, an experienced senior executive with more than 20 years in the information technologies and communications networking industries took on the position of CEO for iDirect Technologies in 2001. Since restructuring the company's focus, iDirect has experienced 5-year sales growth over 1600% with no end in sight. Mr. Kealey was recently recognized as Via Satellite Magazine's 2004 Satellite Executive of the Year for excellence in the global satellite industry.

"It's a privilege to accept this award," said Kealey, "but it is a team effort and the accolades go to the entire iDirect organization that has made this company such a success. The culture and entrepreneurial spirit at iDirect makes representing them in this nomination a great honor."

John Kealey will be eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, CA on November 17-20, 2005.

About The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 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.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 100,000 people in 140 countries around the globe pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism to provide clients with solutions based on financial, transactional, and risk-management knowledge in Ernst & Young's core services of Audit, Tax, and Transaction Advisory Services. Ernst & Young practices also provide legal services in some parts of the world where permitted. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at Ernst & Young refers to all the members of the global Ernst & Young organization.

About iDirect Technologies

iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at


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