This award is an honor and also a tribute to the Dealer.com employees who have contributed to the amazing growth and success we have experienced in the past year
Burlington, VT (PRWEB) June 30, 2008
Dealer.com, the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that President and CEO Mark Bonfigli was named a Finalist in the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award program in the New England region. Founded twenty two years ago to celebrate entrepreneurial success and achievement on a regional, national and global level, the awards are designed to honor those building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. This is the second year Bonfigli has achieved this distinction.
"This award is an honor and also a tribute to the Dealer.com employees who have contributed to the amazing growth and success we have experienced in the past year," said Bonfigli.
"Mark is very innovative in his management approach, having instituted incredible programs within the company such as the Employee Wellness Program, and forming cross-functional teams in order to create a work environment in which the employees take ownership of every project," said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer of Dealer.com. "His exemplary leadership skills have created a unique culture that is creative, inspiring and very productive."
Bonfigli has more than 20 years of marketing, retailing, wholesaling, and service experience in the auto industry, including 10 years as the co-founder of EARTHCARS, Inc., a New England-based automotive retailer. After generating a 300% increase in sales over a one-year span by deploying unconventional internet marketing strategies at EARTHCARS, Bonfigli founded Dealer.com in 1998. Today Dealer.com is the fastest growing internet marketing provider in the auto industry. As president and CEO, Bonfigli instills high standards of health, fitness and the environment into the culture of the company, creating a workplace unparalleled in its ability to inspire employees to be creative and produce innovative, award-winning products.
"These finalists are the best of the best, embodying the unique spirit of entrepreneurship," said Bryan Pearce, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for New England. "They positively impact our region in a major way, through jobs, community growth and development and innovation. Ernst & Young is proud to salute them."
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award recipients were announced at a special gala event on June 24, 2008 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.
Founded in Burlington, VT in 1997, Dealer.com is the leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers 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 100 dealer groups use Dealer.com than any other vendor. For the last several years, dealerships across the country have voted for Dealer.com as the best website provider, resulting in the company being awarded gold and platinum in Auto Dealer Monthly's Dealers' Choice Awards.
Dealer.com's suite of online marketing solutions is the only set of tools that effectively creates a 360O 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.
For more information, please visit http://www.dealer.com or call 888-894-8989.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year:
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 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.
About Ernst & Young:
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential.
For more information, please visit http://www.ey.com.
Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.