SanDisk, Rocket Fuel Win 2014 GROW! Awards from ACG Silicon Valley

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Tenth Annual Event Honors the Valley’s Best and Brightest

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, and Rocket Fuel, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) advertising solutions for digital marketers, received 2014 GROW! Awards from ACG Silicon Valley at a sold-out ceremony held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on May 6, 2014.

The GROW! Awards honor two of the fastest-growing Silicon Valley companies. SanDisk Corporation received the GROW! Award for Outstanding Growth Company, and Rocket Fuel won the GROW! Award for Emerging Growth Company.

John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, keynoted the awards ceremony, and Sally Pera, CEO of ACG Silicon Valley, served as the master of ceremonies. Additional speakers included Maisie Ganzler, vice president of strategy at Bon Appétit Management Company, and Silicon Valley and technology writer Michael Malone, who recently penned “Learning Curve.” Signed copies of his book were given to guests. Following a successful Farm to Fork dinner at the 2013 GROW! Awards, Bon Appétit Management Company again catered the event. Proceeds benefited the Computer History Museum.

“This is an event that many of us here in the Valley look forward to each year, and we are honored to host this event again this year,” said John Hollar, president and CEO of the Computer History Museum.

ACG Silicon Valley, which is the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, selected the winning companies in each category following a thorough review of the historical financial performance of all public companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. This screening process produced a short-list of nominees that the selection committee then researched, considered and debated before each member voted on final candidates.

The 2014 GROW! Awards Underwriting Sponsor was U.S. Trust. The Diamond Sponsor was Citi Commercial Bank. Platinum Sponsors included: Bingham; Deloitte; EMC; Ericsson; NetApp; Oracle; Poliwogg; Polycom; SAP; and Silicon Valley Bank. Gold Sponsors included: BDO; Bon Appétit Management Company; Geoff Puckett Group; Insperity; Kaye Scholer; Silicon Valley Business Journal; and Wells Fargo.

Silver Sponsors included: Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development; Christie Digital; KPMG; Merrill Datasite; MiMA; Montgomery Professionals; Needham & Company; OCSC Sailing; Pan Pacific Bank; Reuter Partner; Silicon Valley Capital Club; and SRPR | Shev Rush Public Relations.

Bronze Sponsors included: Blende Dental Group; Cadence; Cassidy Turley; Clairent Advisors; Comerica Bank; Gilead; Heffernan Insurance Brokers; IBM; LB Steak; Loopking Wines; Lunder Real Estate Services; and PowerSpeaking.

About ACG

ACG’s 14,500 members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 56 chapters. Learn more at ACG drives middle market growth.

ACG Silicon Valley provides an exclusive venue where CEOs and senior corporate executives form valuable business relationships and learn and link to the future of Silicon Valley. The 28 year old chapter strives to provide an environment where members, over seventy percent of whom are senior executives, gain access to key insight, knowledge, and connections.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit

About Rocket Fuel

Rocket Fuel delivers a leading programmatic media-buying platform at Big Data scale that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve marketing ROI in digital media across web, mobile, video, and social channels. Rocket Fuel powers digital advertising and marketing programs globally for customers in North America, Europe, and Japan. Customers trust Rocket Fuel’s Advertising That Learns® platform to achieve brand and direct-response objectives in diverse industries from luxury cars to financial services to retail. Rocket Fuel currently operates in more than 20 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-717-8873.

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