K2 blackpearl™ named finalist for American Business Award

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

K2 blackpearl™ was named a Finalist today for the 2008 American Business Awards in the “Best New Product or Service — Computer Software” category.

The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business.

“We’re thrilled and honored, of course, that the American Business Awards and its constituents have recognized the capabilities of our software,” said K2’s Adriaan Van Wyk, CEO. “When we set out to build K2 blackpearl, we set out to create something simple, so that non-technical people can contribute to and participate in the application-building process; and flexible, because business needs constantly shift; and fast, because time is money.

“We feel like we accomplished all of that and that it is a unique product in the industry.”

Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Thursday, June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  More than 600 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.  The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network and hosted by Liz Claman of FOX Business Network.

More than 2,600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, Best New Product or Service, Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program, and new categories including Best Management Team and Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program.

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among Finalists in final judging during the week of May 19.   Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April through early May.

“ABA entries grew more than 30 percent this year, so being named a Finalist is more of an accomplishment than ever before,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards.  “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of national recognition.  We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.