The 15th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS program honors companies and individuals whose innovation and success drive growth in the technology industry and Illinois
CHICAGO, IL – PartsTrader has been selected as a finalist for Illinois Technology Association’s 2014 ITA CityLIGHTS Rising Stars award. The company’s nomination was earned largely based on its innovative approach to electronic procurement and its ability to launch its platform nationally to over 40,000 individual users in less than a year.
The winners for each of the eight categories will be announced at the ITA CityLIGHTS Awards on Thursday, September 18 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Each year, ITA CityLIGHTS attracts more than 600 people from 400 organizations including business owners, investors, legislators and policymakers.
The public can contribute to the selection of this year’s winners by voting from August 19–September 8 at itacitylights.com. Winners will be determined by composite score (50 percent judges; 50 percent community voting) in all categories except the CityLIGHTS Award, which is determined solely by the ITA Board of Directors.
A panel of accomplished judges representing the Who’s Who in Illinois technology reviewed nominations to select the finalists. This year’s judges hail from major organizations including Fieldglass, Google, HERE, Orbitz and World Business Chicago. The list of past winners includes Gogo, Groupon, NAVTEQ, and Braintree, among others.
“PartsTrader is honored that the judges of the 15th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards have recognized our innovation and achievements by selecting us as a finalist for this year’s program,” said Rob Cooper, PartsTrader’s CEO. “We’re in good company among this group of finalists, and we look forward to connecting with our peers and fellow nominees at the September 18 event.”
“Even after 15 years, I am still awe of the caliber of finalists and companies we get to celebrate each year,” said ITA CEO Fred Hoch. “Our CityLIGHTS program is about raising the bar for the future of Chicago tech and I’m proud to say it gets a little higher and harder every year – sky’s the limit for PartsTrader as far as I’m concerned.”
About PartsTrader LLC™
PartsTrader is a web-based collision replacement parts market connecting OEM, aftermarket, remanufactured, specialized and recycled automotive parts suppliers with collision repairers looking for replacement parts. PartsTrader partners with stakeholders across the collision industry to improve the quality of the collision parts purchasing experience for all participants. For more information about the PartsTrader system, how it works, and how it benefits collision repairers and parts suppliers, visit www.partstrader.us.com or contact us via email at email@example.com.
About the ITA
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is an enabling organization powering the growth of tech in Illinois. Through vibrant programs, services and strategic consulting, the ITA drives our dynamic industry by working to grow, build and elevate our members. For more information, visit www.illinoistech.org, follow the ITA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/itabuzz, and view the ITA’s Facebook profile at www.facebook.com/illinoistechnology.
ITA Contact: Michelle Cox, 312-924-1044, firstname.lastname@example.org
PartsTrader Contact: Dale Sailer, 312-613-3032, email@example.com