Scott Kiger, President Of Sdi, Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Award Winner
Scott A. Kiger, president of SDI LLC, in Morgantown, W.Va. is a recipient of an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Regional Award for the industrial and commercial services category.
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recipient of an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Regional Award for the industrial and commercial services category. Award recipients were announced Friday, June 19th at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pa. Kiger was chosen from among entrepreneurs representing areas of upstate N.Y., Western Pa. and W.Va.
Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program is recognized globally for honoring outstanding entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
In 2002, Kiger and business partner Charles Riggs purchased Coastal Drilling East, LLC, a
Morgantown, W.Va. based drilling contractor. The company began to thrive by going after smaller projects that larger competitors declined to pursue. In 2006, Kiger and Riggs leveraged Coastal Drilling East to purchase Shaft Drillers International, LLC (SDI), also based in Morgantown. SDI is a world leader in large diameter shaft and geotechnical construction for the mining and tunneling industries.
“Receiving the regional award from Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is an honor for me and my team,” stated Kiger. "The recognition would not have been possible without the support of my family, my colleagues and the SDI organization."
As a regional award winner, Kiger is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 14, 2009. The event will be hosted by Jay Leno and webcast live on the Internet.