Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

first_imgDealer.com,Dealer.com, the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that Mark Bonfigli, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the technology category in New England. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mark Bonfigli was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Newton Hotel on June 16th.”I am excited to receive this great honor. I accept it on behalf of the Dealer.com team members who help our clients succeed every day,” commented Bonfigli. “Their hard work, dedication and creativity are the driving force behind our industry leadership. From the beginning, we have always had a strong research and development focus to keep our clients two to four years ahead of the competition and this strategy is a significant reason for our success and our clients’ success.”The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. We are proud to recognize the achievements of Bonfigli, said Kristin Keating, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Chair for New England. Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.As a New England award winner, Bonfigli 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 November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.SponsorsFounded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.In New England, local sponsors include Bowne, Curran & Connors, Boston Magazine, J.Robert Scott, Marsh, Nixon Peabody and AMS.About Dealer.comFounded in Burlington, VT in 1997, Dealer.com is the leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers NADA award-winning SmartSites ¢ website design incorporating dynamic video; user-friendly lead management tools; the best in search engine advertising and unparalleled metrics and web analytics. Excellent customer service, innovative training and proven results are just a few of the reasons why more of the top 125 dealer groups use Dealer.com than any other vendor. Dealer.com was also the 2008 top rated web provider on Drivingsales.com, the industry s largest online dealer community.Dealer.com s suite of online marketing solutions is the only set of tools that effectively creates a 360° view of auto dealers online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers are easily able to track spending and determine which activities are leading to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts into targeted activities that increase sales and improve the bottom line.About Ernst & Young s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards ProgramErnst & Young s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.Burlington, VT, June 17, 2009last_img read more

Nourse nabs Boone Hobby Stock win

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (July 2) – Boone Speedway saw a nice crowd on hand for its weekly show on Saturday night.Mike Van Genderen matched his win from last week in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Donavon Smith returned to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Jake McBirnie got his second feature in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Korbin Nourse was a first-time IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.Nourse grabbed the lead from his outside front row start as soon as the green flag dropped, and threw off the challenges of any competitors on his way to victory. Jordan Peters took second, Dustin Graham third and Eric Stanton was a close fourth.Last week’s winner, Daniel Tasler, led the troops in the opening laps of the Northern SportMod main event. However, it didn’t take long for the eighth starting McBirnie to run him down and take command at lap six.From there on, McBirnie kept hold of that top spot, all the way to the checkers and the win. Johnathon Logue came from ninth starting to finish as the runner-up.  Tasler finished third, Cory Pestotnik was fourth and Andy Tiernan completed the top five.It was an excellent 20-lap Modified feature with the winner determined at the finish line.  The early portion of the race was led by Bob Daniels. Daniels had his hands full holding back Josh Truman when a caution flew at lap eight.When action got back underway, it was Van Genderen getting the jump on Truman and taking over second place. Just past the halfway mark, Van Genderen surged past Daniels to take over the top spot. Truman and Jimmy Gustin followed him to run second and third, respectively.The final laps were a constant battle between Van Genderen, Gustin and Truman. Gustin slipped into second place with just a handful of laps remaining and continued to torment Van Genderen. Gustin searched for a way around the leader, gave it a last second push as the two came out of corner four looking at the checkers but was unable to make the pass.Van Genderen took the win over Gustin, who had to settle for the runner-up spot. Truman held on for a third place finish, Tony Cox was fourth and John Logue came from starting 15th to finish fifth.Tyler Pickett took the lead at lap four and was no doubt looking to match last week’s visit to the Stock Car victory lane. Meanwhile, Donavon Smith had begun his methodical march to the front, and slipped into second by lap eight.Pickett held off Smith’s advances until lap 12. From there on, Smith kept the lead to the finish, scoring his fifth win of the regular season. Josh Daniels finished second, third went to Jay Schmidt, who both got under fourth place Pickett when he pushed up the track on the final lap, and Ben Walding was fifth.last_img read more