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
15 Sep 2013 Birdie-man Keeble gets a victory under his belt at last A birdie four on the final hole thanks to a three-foot putt saw Bobby Keeble win the County Champions Tournament at a wet and windy Woodhall Spa and get the monkey off his back.The 18 year old England boys international from Essex carded a second successive 73 for 146, level par, and a one stroke winning margin over Yorkshire champion Chris Halley, who signed for 79.Keeble (image copyright John Thomson Photography) came into the event with a string of second places to his name including losing a playoff for the English Boys under 18 Championship at Royal Cinque Ports last year. So the victory was something of a relief.On an afternoon that saw shots shed in monotonous regularity by the first round front-runners, the lead changed frequently and it was anyone’s title to win. But Keeble proved the exception to the rule and kept his game under control.“Finally to win a big one feels good,” said Keeble. “I didn’t think I was anywhere near the lead and was out of contention as I didn’t putt well for the first 14 holes. But I holed a 20-footer for birdie on 15, saw the scoreboard and realised I was still in with a chance.“I had a solid two putt on 16 and my ball shaved the hole for a birdie on 17. I thought I needed to birdie at last to make a playoff but I’m glad it was for the win.”No one wanted extra holes in the miserable conditions, cold with frequent rain and squally winds, so Keeble’s birdie was a godsend. But it was also agony for Halley, who was in majestic form during the morning when he led with a superb five-under-par 68.That included eagles on three of the par fives along with three birdies. But he slipped to a second round 79 for 147 then had to wait to see if he would be caught.“I missed short putts on the opening three holes then bogeyed four and five,” he lamented. “I didn’t hit it anywhere near as good as I had in the morning,” added the joiner from Whitby.Halley led by a shot from Kent’s Alfie Plant at lunch but he also fell by the wayside, finding a double bogey six at 16 and running up a nine on the last for an 83 and joint third on 152.But in the end the day belonged to Keeble who found himself in the champion’s position after a long wait.“Some people told me I should get the monkey off my back but I wasn’t feeling that way,” added Keeble. “It’s a nice way to end my season on a winning note and now it means a lot of work over the winter.” It’s a good bet he’ll recall this victory many times over that time.