Dealer.com,Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for auto dealers, today announced that it ranked number 150 on the 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM), Deloitte’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2005-2009. Dealer.com grew 678 percent during this period.Dealer.com’s CEO, Mark Bonfigli, credits innovative technology and a unique culture with the company’s rapid growth over the past five years. He said:”We are pleased to again be ranked highly in this prestigious competition – and to have improved our ranking in each of the last three years. To a large extent, this success reflects our technical expertise and ability to provide dealers, OEMs and digital media companies with innovative solutions that help them sell more cars and increase their efficiency and profitability. But just as important is our unique culture emphasizing responsibility for the health, well-being and career development of our employees, which attracts highly motivated people who want to work hard and make a difference in the industry and the world around them.””Dealer.com and the other 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM) winners forged ahead in a challenging economic environment to realize exceptional growth,” said Phil Asmundson, vice chairman and Deloitte’s U.S. technology, media and telecommunications leader. “Deloitte commends Dealer.com for this impressive accomplishment.””Dealer.com has proved itself to be one of the fastest growing tech companies in North America, and we are proud to honor them as one of the 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM),” said Mark Jensen, managing partner, venture capital services, Deloitte & Touche LLP.Dealer.com previously ranked number 214 as a Technology Fast 500(TM) award winner for 2009, and was ranked number 236 in 2008.For additional detail on the Technology Fast 500(TM) including selection and qualifying criteria, visit www.fast500.com(link is external).About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. More dealerships use the Dealer.com platform than any other platform in the world.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net PromoterÃ ® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).About DeloitteAs used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about(link is external) for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.Source: dealer.com. BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ —
Bumps. Welts. Red splotches. Itchy spots.If this is your body after an outdoor outing, you need help. No matter what you do, you can’t completely eliminate the creeping, crawling, flying pests. However, the following tips will at least decrease the number of offenses you suffer and the amount of liquid refreshment you donate to the nasty little suckers.Get that woodsy smell as soon as possible. Bees and bugs are attracted to strong fragrances, so avoid using soaps, lotions, shampoos, and colognes. Forgo the deodorant before heading into the woods.Be aware of the colors you wear. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially blue. Pick beige or other neutral colors for hiking clothes.Learn to recognize places that are popular with bugs. Look before you sit down to make sure you’re not about to take a break on an anthill. Ticks gather on tall grasses and overhanging brush, yellow jackets nest in the ground, flies hover around animals, and mosquitoes like cool, moist places. (Ladies, you’ll be gratified to know studies show that mosquitoes prefer men. Bring along your boyfriend, husband, or other member of the opposite sex and watch the bugs go for him instead of you.)Be aware of the times of day bugs will be most active. Black flies are busiest in the morning, mosquitoes just after sunrise and before sunset, and deer flies during midday. (If you happen to be in a place where all of these are present at the same time—good luck!)Use clothing to cover your skin. Some authorities suggest wearing long sleeves and pants year-round. Of course, it can get mighty hot and humid wearing those clothes during a southern Appalachian summer, so if you hike in a T-shirt and shorts, bring along repellent. (I’ll be discussing various repellent options in a future posting.)Check yourself and your hiking partners for ticks and/or bites. In the case of deer ticks, which are the source of Lyme disease, the thing you are looking for could be as small as the period at the end of this sentence. Treat a bite with hydrogen peroxide and watch for a bulls-eye rash or flu-like symptoms. The presence of either should prompt a visit to your doctor.The long days of summer are made for outings in the woods. Just be prepared and don’t let the little buggers get to you.