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Award recognizes outstanding Utah entrepreneurs and start-up companies
Salt Lake City, UT -- July 26, 2011 -- DrivingSales (http://www.drivingsales.com) today announced that it has received a 2011 “Top 25 Under Five” award from the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) which spotlights outstanding entrepreneurs and start-up companies in Utah. DrivingSales and the other award winners collectively created 800 jobs and $189 million in 2010 revenue. Award ceremonies were held on July 14, 2011 at Utah Valley University.
“We are pleased to receive this award, and honored to be in the company of the top-performing organizations in Utah,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. “We are proud that DrivingSales has already made an impact on the automotive industry, and equally proud to be recognized by the great state of Utah as an emerging and fast-growing company.”
DrivingSales launched nationally in 2008, and is on track for its third consecutive year of triple digit revenue growth. DrivingSales is the auto industry's fastest-growing, most influential trade media property and includes DrivingSales.com, the world's largest car dealer social network where thousands of dealership professionals collaborate and share best practices; and DrivingSales University, an on-demand training platform where dealerships learn the latest web strategies from top e-commerce experts. DrivingSales also invented the industry's first and only Vendor Ratings Platform, designed to help auto dealers find and select the best vendor partners by allowing dealership employees to rate and review their vendors anonymously. An estimated 1 in every 4 dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community. The company also hosts the DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES), the auto industry's leading conference where progressive auto dealers collaborate and learn from world renowned experts. This year’s DSES conference will take place October 9th – 11th at the Bellagio Las Vegas.
“UVEF is pleased to recognize DrivingSales for their growth as an innovative Vendor Ratings platform,” stated John Pilmer, UVEF Top 25 Under 5 event chair. “They found a new niche in an established industry and worked hard to provide a disruptive new service to meet the need.”
The “Top 25 Under Five” award is in its twelfth year of competition, and has highlighted more than 200 companies over the years. For more information about DrivingSales, visit http://www.drivingsales.com. To learn more about the DrivingSales Executive Summit for car dealers and auto industry professionals, please visit http://www.drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com.
DrivingSales is the auto industry's fastest-growing, most influential trade media property focused on delivering actionable profit-building information to auto retailers and industry professionals. An estimated 1 in every 4 dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community. DrivingSales' media network includes flagship property DrivingSales.com (http://www.drivingsales.com), the world's largest car dealer social network where thousands of dealership professionals collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting; DrivingSalesTV (http://www.drivingsalestv.com), an interactive web channel which helps car dealers and auto professionals keep tabs on their industry and emerging technologies 24/7; DrivingSales University, an on-demand training platform where dealerships learn the latest web strategies from top e-commerce experts; DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) the industry's leading conference where progressive dealers collaborate and learn from world renowned experts, and DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide, a quarterly free publication featuring case studies of the industry's most innovative dealerships, solutions and best practices.
DrivingSales encourages innovation and excellence in the industry with its annual Dealer Satisfaction and Innovation Cup Awards, whose winners are determined solely by the dealer community. Founded by Jared Hamilton, a third generation car dealer, DrivingSales was named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch by Auto Success Magazine.