Dealer.com Ranked Number 236 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2008 Technology Fast 500Attributes its 755.50% Revenue Growth to continuous product development, customer service and proven resultsBurlington, VT – (November 12, 2008) – Dealer.com, the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that it ranked number 236 on Deloitte’s 2008 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth over five years, from 2003-2007. Dealer.com grew 755.50% during this period.Dealer.com CEO, Mark Bonfigli, credits continuous product development, proven results for clients and outstanding customer service with the company’s 755.50% revenue growth over the past five years. He said, “We are committed to delivering measurable results to our automotive industry clients. They can see the value our services bring to their online marketing. We’re also passionate about serving our customers. They receive outstanding results and service and this reflects in our bottom line.””Each company on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 is an innovator with an exceptional five-year track record of growth,” said Phil Asmundson, Deloitte LLP vice chairman and national managing partner for Technology, Media and Telecommunications. “Dealer.com has earned its position among the fastest growing companies in North America, and we are proud to honor this important accomplishment.”Fast 500 Selection and Qualifying CriteriaThe Fast 500 ranks the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. It is compiled from Deloitte’s regional North American Fast 50 programs, nominations submitted directly to the Fast 500, and public company database research. Companies are selected based on percentage revenue growth from 2003 to 2007.Entrants must own proprietary intellectual property or proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company’s operating revenues or devote a significant proportion of revenues to research and development of technology. Using other companies’ technology or intellectual property in a unique way does not qualify. Base-year operating revenues must be at least $50,000 USD or $75,000 CD, and current-year operating revenues must be at least $5 million USD or CD. Companies must be in business a minimum of five years, and they must be headquartered within North America.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(tm) 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 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.For more information, please visit www.dealer.com(link is external) or call 888-894-8989.About DeloitteAs used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/about(link is external) for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.###
Some of the songs on Christian Lopez’s recently released debut album, Onward, were written when he was only 14. Wise beyond his years, but still fresh-faced now at 20, the West Virginia-based tunesmith is quickly emerging as Americana’s next great artist behind an authentic sound that’s steeped in lyrical honesty.To make his new album, Lopez traveled to Nashville and worked with one of the hottest roots-revival producers in town, Dave Cobb, who helmed Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Lopez isn’t as edgy as the two aforementioned songwriters, but he clearly has a dusty soul, channeling his Appalachian heart through a clear pop-minded voice.“The music is still changing,” Lopez says when asked about his sound. “I don’t try to confine it, but right now if it’s falling into that Americana world, I’m happy to be there.”Lopez grew up in Shepherdstown, inspired by the surroundings of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, specifically the Potomac River. Musical influence first came from his dad’s record collection, which favored the classic rock of AC/DC and Pink Floyd, but as Lopez got older he started digging country icons Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and then young revivalists like the Avett Brothers and Trampled by Turtles.In high school he got an acoustic guitar and started writing songs, eventually developing the courage to sing them at open-mic nights at local spots like the Blue Moon Café. Lopez tried to tangle with the industry machine, twice becoming a Hollywood finalist on American Idol, but he’s since realized he’s more suited more for the grassroots scene, gigging incessantly with his namesake band.He’s opened for Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band, but as a headliner Lopez is still working his way through clubs and bars. He’s particularly looking forward to the chance to make new fans during the band’s three sets at FloydFest later this month.“We’re working towards a lot of goals, and that keeps us going,” Lopez says. “We’ve got a lot of hope, and gas in the tank. That’s all we need.”Lopez penned all the songs on Onward, except for a twangy version of the traditional “Oh Those Tombs,” which was made popular by Hank Williams. His originals move between introspective country on the “The Man I Was Before,” the weary front-porch ballad “Seven Years,” and the breezy modern rock of “Will I See You Again” and “Pick Me Up.”“They’re songs that I’ve had with me my whole life,” Lopez says. “They were written from the time I was 14 to the months before we went to record, so they’re personal to me. In the studio we tried to capture the first reaction from everybody’s first listen. That’s something Dave (Cobb) likes to do. The first or second take is your body, your mind, and your heart’s first reaction to the music. Whatever comes out is the way it should be.”This summer Lopez will be mostly living in his motorhome, touring with the band through August, playing shows as far west as California. Despite his new cred in Music City, he says whenever he gets a break, it’s always taken back home in West Virginia.“Everybody in Nashville asks me, ‘When are you going to move down here?’” Lopez says. “I won’t ever leave West Virginia. It’s a great place to call home—good people, good food, good music—everything you could ask for.”—West Virginia’s Christian Lopez Delivers a Tight Twangy DebutCol. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit is reuniting for a full tour.The short-lived underground favorite came out of Atlanta at the tail end of the ‘80s with an exploratory rock sound that blended jazz chops with an outer-limits attitude. With Hampton as the ringleader, the outfit featured a list of all-star players who have gone on to bigger success, including bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), guitarist Jimmy Herring (The Dead, Widespread Panic), and drummer Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams).The band started with weekly gigs at Atlanta’s Five Points Pub and went on to play large amphitheaters with Phish, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler on the H.O.R.D.E. tour at the dawn of the second-generation jam band explosion. While many feel ARU was the best of the bunch, the group disbanded in the mid-’90s before reaching its full potential. While reunion shows have popped up over the years, the band is finally getting back together for a full tour, starting in Colorado at the end of this month and heading to its native South for a bunch of dates in early August.aquariumrescueunit.com
Batesville, In. — Meteorologists from the National Weather Service sat a rare spring-like pattern was responsible for unstable weather over the weekend. Julie Reed from NWS in Wilmington, Ohio says a warm, moist surge from the Gulf of Mexico along with a clashing cold front created perfect conditions for heavy rainfall.I southeastern Indiana consistent reports of at least three inches of rain have been received, some areas reported more. There limited reports of wind damage throughout the area.As a result of the storms schools in Decatur County were placed on a two hour delay and some school bus routes in Batesville were delayed. There were no other delays, damage or reports received.Possible tornado touchdowns are under investigation in Jackson, Blackford, Lawrence and Jay Counties by the National Weather Service.