Dealer.com,Mark Bonfigli, CEO and Founder of Dealer.com, Burlington, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration s (SBA) 2009 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Bonfigli was selected for outstanding leadership related to his company s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovation and contributions to the community. Bonfigli s company, Dealer.com, is a leading provider of online marketing solutions to the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers award-winning website design incorporating dynamic video, user-friendly management tools, search engine advertising and metrics and web analytics. Dealer.com s suite of online marketing solutions creates a 360 degree view of auto dealers online and traditional marketing investments and results. Dealers can easily track spending and determine which activities lead to the highest return on investment, allowing them to streamline advertising and marketing efforts to increase sales. Firmly committed to helping improve the community by giving back, Dealer.com supports local charitable events and holds regular fund raisers to benefit local charities. In an innovative partnership with the state of Vermont and VT HITEC (Health Care and Information Technology Education Center), the company provided job training to local Vermonters and overcame the difficulty of finding highly skilled IT workers in the area. Bonfigli attributes the company s success to employee creativity and hard work, under his guidance, and Dealer.com provides over 200 full-time employees with high wage jobs, training and the potential for career growth. Dealer.com permits employees to work flexible schedules and provides numerous seminars and workshops related to career growth, personal financial planning, nutrition and other topics. The company recently opened the doors to its new 60,000 sq. ft. headquarters featuring a state-of-the-art health club, indoor basketball court, indoor tennis court, indoor track and an organic foods cafÃ©. The building is LEED certified, meaning it is environmentally responsible, and incorporates solar panels and natural light to help limit carbon emissions. Matt Cota, Executive DirectorVermont Fuel Dealers Association, MontpelierFinancial Services Champion The Burlington Small Business Award celebration will also honor the following winners of the 2009 Vermont Small Business Champion Awards: Dealer.com employees drive our success and are the heart of the business, commented Bonfigli. The company would not be so successful without the many talented and hard-working people dedicated to offering our clients the best service and technology. I am honored by the award and share it with everyone who is part of the Dealer.com team. Major Randall K. Gates, State Family Program DirectorVermont National GuardVeterans Small Business Champion As Vermont s Small Business Person of the Year, Mark Bonfigli will compete for the national title at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., May 17-22. Mr. Bonfigli will be locally honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration on June 10th at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine, Waterfront Park, Burlington. Jim Sault, General ManagerPorter Music Box, RandolphSmall Business Exporter of the Year Gail Wheel, President & OwnerWheel House Designs, Inc., Hyde ParkMicroenterprise Success Tara Lynn Scheidet, OwnerTara Lynn Studio, SuttonSBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year Steven Paddock, Assistant Director, AgribusinessVermont Small Business Development Center, MiddleburyHome-Based Business Champion Bonfigli has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience in the auto industry, including 10 years as the co-founder of EARTHCARS, Inc., a New England-based automotive retailer. Bonfigli was named as a Finalist in the 2007 and 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the New England Region and his company has received numerous recognitions including the Deloitte & Touche Tech Fast 50, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, the Inc 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., and several automotive industry awards for being the leading Internet marketing solution for auto dealers. John Vincent, OwnerVincent s Drug & Variety Store, WaterburyJeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business Bonfigli founded Dealer.com in 1998 to offer automotive dealers a best in class solution for their Internet marketing needs. At the time, the Internet auto market was dominated by two large companies, but Bonfigli persisted. Despite difficult times in the automotive industry, 2008 saw the highest annual revenue increase in the company s eleven-year history, for a five-year growth rate total of 1,225 %. According to Bonfigli, more of the top 150 largest dealer groups in North America use Dealer.com Internet marketing services than those of any other provider. Mary Peabody, Community Development SpecialistUniversity of Vermont Extension, BerlinWomen in Business Champion
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Rory Best has vowed Ireland will not fall into the same World Cup scrummaging trap against Argentina as in their nervy victory over Italy. Best admitted Ireland missed a trick in their preparation for their tense 16-9 Pool D triumph against the Azzurri, failing to account fully for the injury absences of Martin Castrogiovanni and Leonardo Ghiraldini. The Ulster hooker pledged Ireland will cover every angle for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against the Pumas in Cardiff, with Jerome Garces in charge – the same referee as against the Italians. “From our point of view, probably what we’ve learned in hindsight is that we need to prepare for every eventuality. “We didn’t then and for us it’s about making sure that we do everything we can. “The referees are doing a good job; our responsibility is to make sure we take it out of their hands by preparing properly, and making sure we execute the plan as accurately as we can. “There are times you have a bit of a slip-up. “Thankfully it didn’t cost us against Italy, but this is the week to make sure it doesn’t happen again. “This is knock-out rugby and the chance to make history.” Argentina’s unorthodox “Bajada” scrummaging method has caught several sides cold in the World Cup, the locks unusually binding on the props hips in a bid to pin all the pressure through the opposing hooker. Ireland’s number two knows full well the Pumas will try to pin him in at the set-piece, but insisted Joe Schmidt’s side have been hard at work devising strategies this week with scrum coach Greg Feek. “We’ve got to make sure we have the tools to try to combat that,” Best said. “They are a quality scrum. Right through this tournament and the Rugby Championship they’ve performed very, very well. “Traditionally everyone talks about Argentina and the scrum and it’s probably only in the last couple of years they’ve got that back again. “It’s a big weapon for them. “Ultimately we need to make sure that we’re on the money, because they’re a quality scrum. “We know they’re going to come after us because that’s what they do no matter who they’re playing. “We need to be able to make sure that doesn’t become a factor that makes us lose the game. “Everyone’s looking for an advantage somewhere, a different angle. “We have our own technique that with Feeky now it’s more than four years we’ve been working together. “Myself, Mike Ross and Cian Healy, last weekend was our 30th cap starting together, so we’re used to each other. “And for us it’s about making sure our technique is good and correct and that we trust what’s worked for us for a large part of those 30 Tests.” Best challenged Ireland to cope without injured talisman Paul O’Connell, acknowledging “there won’t be anyone to hold your hand”. “With Paulie missing we have both Jamie Heaslip and myself who captain Leinster and Ulster respectively,” Best said. “It’s important guys stand up and lead by example. “If you try to do too much then it can be detrimental to you as a leader, so while Paulie will be a loss everyone has to step up. “They’re not going to have their hand held by Paulie’s leadership this week. “Come Sunday at one o’clock on the pitch there won’t be anyone to hold your hand. “Against Italy there were a lot of things we could have done better. “We probably weren’t as prepared for that scrum, there were a few ifs and buts with Castrogiovanni and Ghiraldini, would they play or wouldn’t they play that week. Press Association