Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, today announced the completion of the first ever Summer Commuter Challenge ‘ a competition which called on employees of both Burlington, VT-based companies to use creative commuting methods in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. As an extension of the Vermont Way to Go Challenge, Dealer.com and Burton turned their common goal of reducing their carbon footprints into a friendly competition to see which company could drive greater employee participation in the challenge during the summer. Throughout June, July and August, employees from both companies were encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, carpooling and telecommuting. Employees logged their creative commuting activity on www.burtonvsdealer.com(link is external), a website specifically developed to track the ongoing progress of both companies. During festive meetings at the end of each month, employees from Dealer.com and Burton met to discover the winning company for the month, recognize top commuters and celebrate each other’s efforts. ‘Participating in the Commuter Challenge with Burton was incredibly fulfilling and fun,’ said Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli. ‘Not only did both companies make a meaningful impact on our overall carbon footprints, but we all enjoyed coming up with creative, and sometimes unique, methods of clean and green transportation.’ The challenge began June 5th and culminated on August 27th with employees from both companies saving approximately 170,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by adopting alternative commuting methods in June, July and August. While Dealer.com came out ahead each month in the friendly competition, a total of 412 employees from both companies participated in the challenge throughout the summer. Both companies celebrated the culmination of the Commuter Challenge in downtown Burlington on Tuesday, September 7th. Employees who participated in the challenge were recognized, and prizes were awarded to those who used alternative modes of transportation to commute the most, commute at least once every week or commute each day throughout the summer. In addition, each commuter was eligible to win one of 40 door prizes donated in part by local businesses that sponsored the challenge. 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 SaaS-based e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with additional offices in Manhattan Beach, California, the company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. Recent national and international accolades include placing No. 14 on Outside magazine’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in America and receiving two Stevie Awards from the American Business Association for Best Overall Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the year in 2011. Dealer.com has also by honored by Inc. magazine as one of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces in addition to securing a place on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rankings in 2010. Dealer.com wasalso ranked first in SEO effectiveness among auto dealer website providers for the third consecutive year in 2011 by Sorgenfrei LLC. About Burton Snowboards (www.burton.com(link is external))In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts. In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia. For more information visit www.burton.com(link is external).September 9, 2011 (Burlington, VT) ‘ Dealer.com
Please don’t follow my example and get ahead of yourselves by thinking the Trojans have a shot at making the Final Four. This is the same team that lost three straight conference games this season and has struggled with inconsistency. They also needed a last-second shot just to beat the bubble-straddling Bruins at home. I would be surprised if USC kept up its current level of play in Vegas and shocked if they made real noise in the NCAA Tournament. It started with the best recruiting class in team history. The addition of five-star freshman forwards Onyeka Okongwu and Isaiah Mobley gave the Trojans young talent and depth to mix with senior forward Nick Rakocevic on the front line. Enfield also made the smart call of inserting graduate transfer guard Daniel Utomi into the starting lineup in place of sophomore guard Elijah Weaver, adding shooting to the starting lineup and giving the bench a capable ball handler. This is how programs improve: attract some recruits, display growth and competence, parlay that into more high-level players and repeat. If you do it enough, it becomes a snowball effect that carries forward and allows you to get the best incoming freshmen based on name brand alone. USC is far from becoming a basketball powerhouse, but there is the layout of a plan to get there through a lot of small steps. Enfield has put together a solid squad, and now the most important stretch in the history of USC men’s basketball starts in Vegas. The Trojans have a really good chance for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament already (ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has the Trojans as a 10 seed), but they can establish themselves as a true threat with a strong showing in their conference tournament. If they can find a way to win the Pac-12 tournament, they will likely move up a few seeds. USC has made a lot of those strides so far. It must continue in Vegas if Andy Enfield wants to build something special. He was quote tweeting another post with a video of senior guard Jonah Mathews’ game-winning 3-pointer that gave the Trojans a bye in next week’s Pac-12 Tournament and likely secured the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2017. For this reason, the shot is likely as important to Enfield, the team’s head coach, as it is to Mathews. Due to the lack of elite teams, there has never been a better year to be a lower seed in the NCAA Tournament. Anyone can beat anyone this year — for reference, take Duke and Kentucky losing to Stephen F. Austin and Evansville, respectively. Most seasons, you can bet on three of the Final Four teams to be top-three seeds, but the decline in quality at the top of the bracket should lead to even wilder upsets and deeper Cinderella runs this season. The higher USC positions itself, the better its chances of pulling off a deep run. Former USC student and journalist extraordinaire Eric He captured the achievement of USC men’s basketball’s 54-52 win over UCLA Saturday at Galen Center best when he tweeted, “Probably the best moment of the Andy Enfield era.” But the fact that they have a chance to do so is what matters. Enfield has already continued his recruiting prowess by securing Evan Mobley, brother of Isaiah and the No. 1 recruit in the incoming class of 2024 according to 247Sports. If the Trojans can exceed expectations in both of their upcoming tournaments, they will have the chance to impress even more recruits, like Sierra Canyon’s Ziaire Williams, and entice them to don the cardinal and gold. It was an up-and-down road to get there, but Enfield has the chance to alleviate any concerns about his job security. More importantly, he has the chance to reach the pinnacle of his USC career and continue a promising trajectory for the program. Despite leading the Trojans to their winningest five-year stretch in program history, Enfield has inspired a fair amount of malaise in USC fans recently, albeit not as much as other coaches on campus. In just his third season after taking over a cellar-dweller, Enfield steered the Trojans to the tournament in 2016, and he oversaw the Trojans’ best tournament effort in a decade in 2017. However, after USC became the highest-ranked major conference team ever to miss the Big Dance in 2018 and posted a losing record despite a talented freshman class in 2019, the heat was on Enfield to deliver strong results this season. Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also a features editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every other Monday.