John Kealey Selected Via Satellite Magazine's Satellite Executive of the Year 2004

John Kealey Selected Via Satellite Magazine's Satellite Executive of the Year 2004


Potomac, MD-February 25, 2005--The editors of Access Intelligence's Via Satellite magazine selected John Kealey, President and CEO, iDirect Technologies, as its Satellite Executive of the Year 2004. In its 17th year, the award honors the satellite executive who made a lasting business impact on the global satellite industry during the previous calendar year.

As its top satellite executive for 2004, Via Satellite magazine will showcase Kealey and his business accomplishments in its "Executive of the Year" cover feature in the March 2005 issue. Likewise, Kealey will present the Satellite Executive of the Year 2004 award luncheon address at this year's SATELLITE 2005 conference and exhibition on Thursday, March 24, 2005. Presented by Access Intelligence and Via Satellite magazine, the SATELLITE 2005 conference and exhibition runs March 22-25 at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.

Some of the most significant achievements that made iDirect stand out in 2004 was its successful product growth, doubling its revenue and Kealey's keen business philosophy that translates into a solid client/vendor relationship going beyond mere contract signing.

"Kealey materializes a business practice that negates competition on the front end. He believes the satellite industry should work together in educating a market about what specifically satellite products and services can offer, rather than cutting off the competition at the pass for short-term success and sacrificing long-term business development," said Via Satellite Editor and SATELLITE 2005 Chairman Nick Mitsis upon making the selection announcement. "In my opinion, this way of doing business made Kealey a formidable choice for Satellite Executive of the Year. In this regard, iDirect is not only a leader. It is exemplifying a course of action other companies will need to follow if they wish to succeed in the years ahead."

"This is really an honor for the entire iDirect team," said Mr. Kealey. "We have an incredibly talented group that is completely focused on what we do better than anyone else, fast, reliable, two-way, IP communications over satellite. Our dedication to customer support as well as our technological capabilities has led the industry to recognize the iDirect advantage, and the results have been phenomenal."


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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


Via Satellite magazine
Nick Mitsis, Editor
SATELLITE 2005 Conference Chairman