ACG Silicon Valley Honors Dell Technologies, Box at GROW! Awards

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Valley’s best and brightest recognized at 14th annual event

ACG Silicon Valley celebrated the 2018 GROW! Awards at a sold-out ceremony held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on April 24, 2018, recognizing Dell Technologies, the world’s largest privately-controlled technology company, and Box, a leader in cloud content management.

Each year the GROW! Awards honor two of the fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley. This year, Dell Technologies received the GROW! Award for Outstanding Growth Company, and Box won the GROW! Award for Emerging Growth Company.

ACG SIlicon Valley CEO Drue Freeman served as the master of ceremonies and presented a surprise award to former ACGSV CEO Sally Pera for her contributions to the organization and the broader community. Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, presented the keynote address focused on the industry’s responsibility in developing technology as a force for good and the growing technological “superpowers” at our disposal. Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski, founder and CEO of Virtual Distance International (VDI), issued a missive on the disconnect that occurs when human beings rely heavily on smart, digital devices to communicate and how the influence of the leaders assembled at the GROW! Awards can help shape awareness and solutions for the psychological consequences of modern communication technology.

This year’s awards ceremony was also a celebration of the art and science of innovation and featured a roundtable with young entrepreneurs and student leaders Dolan Dworak and Mallika Jain. Whipsaw CEO Dan Harden introduced two brand-new product designs during the Coolest Products Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle benefited the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA), the largest provider of arts education in Santa Clara County. SJMA offers education programs that benefit nearly 50,000 students annually, the majority of whom would not have otherwise had an art program available to them.

“Technology is changing every aspect of our lives – healthcare, how we work and play, how we drive, and how we interact as human beings,” said Freeman. “At the same time, corporations are starting to re-evaluate their implicit contracts with academia, government, and society at large. Silicon Valley is at the tip of the spear of all of this change. ACG Silicon Valley is one of the premier thought leadership platforms for corporate executives to come together as change agents and create a positive impact on their businesses and in the community. The Grow! Awards is a celebration of this change.”

ACG Silicon Valley, which is the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, chose the winners in each category to reflect the best qualities of Silicon Valley’s many fine companies. In addition to outstanding financial performance, candidates had to show a sustainable record of innovation, corporate value-building and social involvement. In these challenging times, the expectation of candidates’ continued roles as mainstays of the Silicon Valley community is paramount.

The 2018 GROW! Awards Underwriting Sponsor was SingerLewak. Platinum Sponsors included: Dell EMC; Deloitte; Arnold & Porter; Ericsson; ALOM; Morrison & Foerster; and Wipro.

Gold Sponsors included: RSM; Aricent; Bank of the West; BDO; Silicon Valley Business Journal; Baker McKenzie; Capgemini; CFGI; Cloudera; Insperity; KPMG; Lumina Communications; The Michael Alan Group; Santa Clara University; and VMware.

Silver Sponsors included: Cadence; Cheadle Law, P.C.; Deutsche Bank; Jefferies; QuickLogic; Peaxy; Rueter Partner; Merrill Corporation; Avidbank; Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development; Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley; California Partners, Inc.; Physicians Medical Group of San Jose; Physicians Medical Urgent Care; Rimon, P.C.; Robosoft Technologies; Shev Rush Public Relations; Lunder Real Estate Services; University of California, Santa Cruz; and Whipsaw.

Bronze Sponsors included: Applied Materials; Technology Credit Union; Silicon Valley Bank; and linearOMEGA.

The GROW! Awards is produced by the nationally known, award-winning experiential marketing and events agency The Michael Alan Group, with AV services provided by Envision Entertainment.

About ACG

The Association for Corporate Growth ( is a global learning and networking organization specifically for executives driving their company's growth strategy. Active global membership exceeds 14,500 executives from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 59 chapters in North America, Europe and Asia.

About ACG Silicon Valley

ACG Silicon Valley (ACGSV) is a unique community with a purpose; where CEOs and senior executive leaders connect to conduct business, build new careers, and link together to lead the future of Silicon Valley. The 34-year-old chapter strives to provide an environment where members, over 80 percent of whom are CEOs, gain access to key insight, knowledge, and connections.

ACGSV ( is a forum beyond networking and has earned its credible reputation by consistently providing one of the strongest possible thought leadership platforms available to corporate leaders and executive teams.

About the GROW! Awards

Every year, ACG Silicon Valley and other chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth recognize the Outstanding Growth Company and Top Emerging Growth Company in their geographical area.

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies ( is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 99 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

About Box

Box is the cloud content management company that empowers enterprises to revolutionize how they work by securely connecting their people, information and applications. Founded in 2005, Box powers more than 82,000 businesses globally, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G, and The GAP. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more about Box, visit

For ACG Silicon Valley
Carol Rellamas, Director of Operations

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