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May 05, 2016 18:47 ET

EY Announces Luke Kanies, Founder and CEO of Puppet, as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Finalist in the Pacific Northwest

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - May 5, 2016) - EY today announced that Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Pacific Northwest. Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. The awards program celebrates entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Luke was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala event on June 17, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

"I started Puppet because I saw an opportunity to help people in operations do their jobs better, faster and enjoy them more," said Luke. "Since then, Puppet has far exceeded any expectations I possibly could have had for success when I first started. None of this would be possible without a tremendous community and an incredibly talented group of people who make Puppet the great company it is today." 

Software is the backbone of modern life and powers everything around us. People have software on their wrists, in their cars and on their walls. Organizations use it to drive growth in all areas of their business. That's why today, every company is now a software company. With Puppet, these organizations are able to automatically deliver, update, monitor and secure the software that is so prevalent in our lives. Today, more than 31,000 companies around the world rely on Puppet every day, making it the industry standard for automating the delivery and operation of software.

Prior winners from the Pacific Northwest include Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia, Inc., Gary Fish of Deschutes Brewery, Gertrude and Timothy P. Boyle of Columbia Sportswear Company, Jeffrey P. Bezos of Amazon.com, Inc. and Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company.

To learn more about the Pacific Northwest program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/pnw. Join the conversation on social media and follow program developments @EY_EOYUS using #EOYPNW.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Pacific Northwest program is sponsored by GreenRubino.

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About Puppet
Puppet is driving the movement to a world of unconstrained software change. Its revolutionary platform is the industry standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us. More than 30,000 companies -- including more than two thirds of the Fortune 100 -- use Puppet's open source and commercial solutions to adopt DevOps practices, achieve situational awareness and drive software change with confidence. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet is a privately held company with more than 400 employees around the world.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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