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Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) CEO named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® for the Carolinas

Jun. 1, 2005
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO)
CHARLESTON, SC – June 21, 2005 - Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), innovators of exciting accessories for the Apple iPod, today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Grady, has been named Entrepreneur Of The Year® for the Carolinas by professional services firm Ernst and Young, LLP. Grady received his award on June 16, 2005 during a black-tie awards celebration at the Westin hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Grady was selected for the award from more than 100 nominations considered by a panel of independent judges comprised of business leaders from the Carolinas.

As a Carolinas Award Recipient, Grady is eligible for consideration for the 2005 National Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Award recipients 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, California, in November 2005.

Past Entrepreneurs Of The Year include amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell of Dell Computer, and Wayne Huizenga, founder of Blockbuster Entertainment.

“Considering the high level of business accomplishment and overall quality of business leadership in the Carolinas, I was honored to have been nominated and then named one of 27 finalists for this prestigious award,” said Grady, “To go on to receive the Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the Carolinas is simply incredible. I am honored and humbled to be recognized this way, and to join the ranks of so many business leaders I respect and admire, not only in the Carolinas but across the country.”

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 pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on the organization’s core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to all the members of the global Ernst & Young organization.

About Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO):
DLO, headquartered in Charleston, SC, USA, produces an entire line of computer and digital music player accessories sold around the world. DLO products cover everything from cases and cables to remotes and speaker systems. With the digital revolution at hand, DLO is leading the way to outfitting the digital lifestyle. For more information, visit www.dlodirect.com.
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