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Lighthouse Employee Vying for National Employee of the Year Award

Lighthouse Mission
The company's mission right above the doors as guests walk into The Lighthouse.

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The Inland Northwest Lighthouse for the Blind in Spokane is one of those feel-good stories in itself. The manufacturing company hires blind employees to manufacture goods, mainly for the U.S. Government. The company hopes to get more public contracts, as well as expand its offices here in Spokane. Executive Director Kevin Daniel, who himself is legally blind, is quite the visionary. You may have read about him in this article from The Spokesman-Review.

Starting Wednesday, Daniel will travel to Cincinnati for the 2010 NIB/NAEPB Annual Training Conference. He’ll travel alongside Kurt Lantz, the Employee of the Year for the Spokane office. Kurt will have the chance to be named NIB/NAEPB Employee of the Year. Lantz already has the local title attached to his name, but wouldn’t it be great if one of Spokane’s own was the national Employee of the Year?

The conference starts Wednesday with the theme, “AbilityOne: People Make it Happen,” which is fitting because without people like Kevin Daniel making things happen, what options would blind people have to make a living?

Let’s wish Kevin and Kurt luck as they head to Cincinnati!

We have some photos up on our Facebook page, but read on for some samples…..

Kurt Lantz
Kurt Lantz will travel to Cincinnati to vie for the National Employee of the Year Award.
Easels
Easels manufactured by employees at The Lighthouse.
Lighthouse Machine
The machines at The Lighthouse are programmed so that if an employee does something out of order, it automatically shuts off.
Lighthouse Party
Proof that employees at The Lighthouse know how to have fun.

Greater Spokane Incorporated helped bring The Lighthouse to Spokane in 2008. The company’s main office is in Seattle. Visit www.seattlelighthouse.org for more information. Here is a video produced when The Lighthouse first came to Spokane:

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