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.###
By Dialogo June 05, 2009 BOGOTA, 04 June, 2009 (AFP)-On Thursday, the Colombian Navy reported that during the course of this week, Colombian authorities have confiscated five submarines used for drug trafficking. According to a press release, one of the last two vessels that were found was under construction. The vessels were discovered on Wednesday in an area of a stream located in the Sanquianga National Park on the Pacific Coast. A third vessel was found on Wednesday in this sector of Nariño department (in the Southwest) and the other two vessels were found in the Gulf of Urabá (in the Northwest), according to the report, which estimated the cost of each of the submersibles at 1.6 million dollars each. In operations conducted with the support of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Intelligence Service, 1,528 kilos of cocaine chlorhydrate, a speedboat, weapons, munitions and communication equipment were seized. The report indicated that “the approximate value of the material that was seized and destroyed amounts to $42 million (USD)”, and it points out that each vessel has the space capacity to transport between 8 to 10 tons of drugs. The report stated that “the drug trafficking organizations use these devices in order to transport large quantities of drugs from storage facilities located in Colombia, to the coasts of Central American countries. According to the Navy, the submersibles that have been found up to now-some 44 of them-are capable of traveling some 1,000 to 2,000 miles, which is equivalent to one to two week trips. According to the United Nations, Colombia produces some 600 tons of cocaine each year, which represents 60% of the worldwide supply.
– Sizzling semi-finals predicted tomorrow nightWHO can stop the resurgent Leopold Street is the ‘million dollar’ question being asked by most pundits after witnessing them reproduce a crushing display, this time against the previously unbeaten Mocha who they defeated 4-1 to set up a semifinal date with Future Stars tomorrow evening, at the National Gymnasium.Playing in the second game of the quarter-finals on the exciting inaugural Guinness Cage/Three Peat Promotions Indoor Championship on Saturday night, Leopold Street, led by their in-form Captain Okanie Fraser and the skillful Omallo Williams, who both netted a brace they outmuscled a strong Mocha team with consummate ease to leave the bookmakers with no choice, but to install them as firm favourites to lift the title.However, the most impressive performance of the night must go to Ol Skool Ballers who continued to show no fear for any opponent as was demonstrated in their hard fought 2-0 triumph over another previously undefeated team in Albouystown ‘A’ who many felt were on the cusp of producing their best results in many years.Joel McGarrell and the diminutive and prolific Roy Cassou had other ideas as they set up victory with solitary strikes to book a date with the experienced Back Circle squad that has moved into contention almost unnoticed.Back Circle made it to the last four after coming from behind twice, before winning a penalty shootout against a strong West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ unit.In the other quarter-final matchup, Future Stars, one of the more electrifying teams in the championship scraped past North Ruimveldt in fortuitous circumstances following a Jermaine Beckles strike that ricochet off the backboard, before slamming onto the feet of defender Gerald Gritten and landing in the goal.Up until then it was a closely fought contest with the outcome hard to predict.The fans had their monies worth and all four semi-finalists Captains are promising to lift their game even further to entertain the fans come tomorrow night.Over $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs with the winner set to receive $400,000 and the championship trophy, while second, third and fourth place finishers will take home $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 along with trophies respectively.Apart from Banks DIH under its Guinness brand the other sponsors are: Star Party Rentals, Faye Joseph, Claude Geddes Recreational Sports Club, National Sports Commission, Windjammer International Hotel & Cuisine, Woodpecker Trophies & Sport, Y.K Investments & Pawn Shop, Henry Chase, Jai Signs, Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, John Fernandes Ltd, E-Networks Inc and the Bike Shop of Robb Street.Meanwhile, the Organisers are extending thanks to the sponsors, fans and ranks of the Guyana Police Force for their support throughout the championship.The night’s full results are seen below:Game-1Albouystown-A-0 vs Ol Skool Ballers-2Joel McGarrell-35thRoy Cassou-36thGame-2Leopold Street-4 vs Mocha-1Leopold Street ScorersOkanie Fraser-4th and 17thOmallo Williams-28th and 34thMocha ScorerAmos Ramsay-6thGame-3Back Circle-2 vs Gold is Money-2Back Circle won 2-1 on penalty kicksBack Circle ScorerStephon McLean-14th and 17thGold is Money ScorersJamal Haynes-8thJamal Pedro-10thGame-4North Ruimveldt-0 vs Future Stars-1Jermaine Beckles-14thSemi-finals matchups:Ol Skool Ballers vs Back CircleFuture Stars vs Leopold Street