and company founder named Arizona Business Leader of the Year

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Distinguished award sponosored by Wells Fargo honors innovation and leadership at, the online employment community focused on local recruiting that started as a small company in Phoenix and now serves 18 major U.S. markets and CEO Aaron Matos have been selected by the Arizona Business Leadership (ABL) Association as the 2008 Award Recipient, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Presentation of this award, which has been recognizing dynamic leaders of the business community for more than 12 years, is scheduled for May 1, 2008 at the Lakeview Inn at Camelback Golf Club.

"It is an honor to join the ranks of successful business leaders who have been recognized with this award," said Matos, who founded in 2000. "Our mission has always been focused on connecting local organizations with great local people in an extraordinary way, and our unique approach to doing so has allowed to make great strides in the online recruitment industry." was born when Matos, who was the director of human resources for a regional publishing and media company in Arizona, began to realize there was a phenomenal opportunity to leverage the power of the Internet to connect employers and job seekers with a focus on the local marketplace. was launched in Phoenix, and through strategic acquisitions and new market start-ups, evolved into an online community that provides the forum, resources, and technology to connect organizations and job seekers in 18 major metropolitan communities in the U.S. Known for its innovative recruiting solutions and bold marketing strategies, has grown to become the nation's largest, locally focused
employment site, serving some 30,000 organizations and welcoming more than four million visitors to its site every month. Earlier this year, Matos made a $1 million grant to seed the creation of the Jobing Foundation, a new nonprofit that will focus on workforce development in Arizona.

"This award is a tribute to the fantastic staff at, who have made our success possible through their passionate dedication to our mission, our clients, and our community," Matos said.

"This will be a very exciting program," said ABL President Jay Lohman. " has been instrumental in bringing local resources to Valley employers. Their commitment and passion to connect local employers with local job seekers is unparalleled.'s presence in and commitment to the community is admired and definitely meets the purpose and criteria of the ABL Award."

Criteria for the award, selected by a committee of ABL members and past recipients, includes how the company has shown leadership within the Arizona business community and within the nominee's own industry; excelled at financial growth; promoted community activity, and supported business education. For more information or to register to attend the event, contact Arizona Business Leadership Association at
480.496.4229 or visit Media contact: Joe Cockrell,, at (joe.cockrell @ or (602) 914-7501.

A three-time Inc. 500™ fastest-growing company, is a leading media provider of locally-focused recruiting, online job search and talent management solutions designed to connect local employers and job seekers.'s portfolio of products include, among others: the largest locally-focused job search web site; Career Expo job fairs; JobingVideo; JobingCareerCenter and Go Jobing magazine. is a privately held, employee-owned company, funded by investors Great Hill Partners and JMI Equity. The company currently serves communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin. For more information visit

About Arizona Business Leadership Association, Inc.
Mission Statement
The Arizona Business Leadership Association, Inc. provides its members with the opportunity to pursue excellence in business leadership. The purpose of the Arizona Business Leadership Award™ is to recognize an Arizona business that has excelled in aligning itself with the goals of the Arizona Business Leadership Association. Strong Arizona companies are vital to our economic landscape. ABL strives to recognize organizations that embody our ideals. By spotlighting our award recipients' successes, we showcase our own establishment. Past winners include The Go Daddy Group, T.W. Lewis, University Technical Institute, Calence, TDC Interiors, Bashas', Shasta Industries, Mobile Mini, Arizona Public Service, Harkins Theaters, and Exodyne.

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