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About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
About Ray Dennis – Lightforce Australia
Adelaide-based Lightforce Australia is a specialist manufacturer and exporter of high performance and durable lighting systems, founded by Ray Dennis. Lightforce was the first lighting company to patent polycarbonate driving lights and now deals with some of the largest car manufacturers globally in providing aftermarket lighting products, exporting to more than 50 countries. The wholly owned US-based Nightforce Optics business, produces riflescopes that are used on six continents in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. In a further demonstration of his entrepreneurial drive, Ray owns the Paroo Pastoral Company, a productive land holding in South Australia and north western New South Wales.
What the judges said: “Lightforce has a formidable reputation as a global leader in its field. 35 years ago, after searching the retail market for a high-quality spotlight to use on his property and finding nothing suitable, Ray Dennis decided to build one himself. Under Ray’s leadership, the company’s innovation, agility and unwavering commitment to quality and high performance, together with their ongoing focus on research and development, has enabled Lightforce to open up new markets and export their products to more than 50 countries world-wide.”