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January 4, 2011

Roger Nyhus Named Business Leader of the Year

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SEATTLE – March 1, 2010 – Roger Nyhus, president and CEO of Nyhus Communications LLC, a leading Seattle-based strategic communications and advocacy firm, has been named Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association.

“A successful small business widely regarded for its creative vision, integrity and collaborative spirit is a testament to the leadership within that business. Roger and his outstanding team at Nyhus Communications embody the values and spirit of the GSBA Business Leader of the Year award,” said Louise Chernin, GSBA executive director.

“The Greater Seattle Business Association, whose mission is to combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the LGBT community and those who support equality for all, is proud to honor Roger for his professional achievements and outstanding commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism.”

Nyhus, 41, has advised numerous business and government leaders around the world since founding his firm in 1994. His 16-person communications practice focuses on serving companies and organizations in the Innovation Economy, such as technology, global health, health care and international business development. Nyhus has always included philanthropy and volunteer support for local and national nonprofits, a hallmark of business leadership.

“At Nyhus, we’re all about connections—strategically bringing the right people together to spark an idea, promote a product or move an issue forward,” Nyhus said.

“Because we operate at the intersection of business, government and the community, we know how important it is to give back to the communities we serve and to partner with other community leaders to make a difference.  That’s where GSBA excels,” he added. “I am exceptionally honored to receive this award from GSBA, which recognizes the success of our business as well as our good work in the community.”

Nyhus’s career spans senior leadership roles in both business and government. He was the longest-serving communications director for former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, the nation’s first Chinese-American governor. In that role, he served as chief communications strategist for the governor and his cabinet agencies. Nyhus led a successful branding effort for the governor, repositioning him as a strong statewide leader in tough economic times. Recently, Nyhus helped staff Locke during his nomination and confirmation as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce in President Obama’s administration.

Over the years, Nyhus has served as a strategic counselor to many leading clients. Before his public relations career, Nyhus was a general assignment and political reporter for The Associated Press in Seattle; Olympia, Wash.; and Juneau, Alaska.

Nyhus has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. He is a board member of Lambda Legal, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association and the Seattle Parks Foundation. Nyhus is a member of the professional advisory board of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. He is also a member of the Chinook Indian Tribe.

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About Nyhus Communications

Nyhus Communications LLC is a smart, creative and connected strategic communications and advocacy firm with a global view.  Nyhus provides comprehensive, innovative and tailored communications strategies to meet its clients’ unique needs.  Through its public relations, public affairs, and social media teams, Nyhus offers its clients a full array of communications services, delivering exceptional results.  Nyhus develops true partnerships with its clients to understand and address their challenges and create opportunities.

Media Contact: Whitney Keyes, Nyhus Communications LLC, (206) 323-3733,

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