Victor Ciardelli, Guaranteed Rate founder and CEO, was named “CEO of the Year” at Illinois Technology Association’s 15th annual CityLights Awards.
ITA’s annual CityLights Awards ceremony was held at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago’s West Loop with more than 600 people in attendance. The CityLights Awards event brings together technology executives, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and investors in the region to recognize excellence in the technology industry during an evening of dining, socializing and celebrating. The awards are delivered based on nominations from the community, a selection of finalists by a judging committee voting by the public at large.
Ciardelli was one of five finalists for the award, and the only finalist not to come from a traditional tech or software company. The CEO of the Year award is given to the CEO who has utilized technology to lead successful company growth through leadership, ability to attract and retain talented resources, financial accomplishments and strategy for continued company growth. While announcing the winners, ITA CEO Fred Hoch said the association is proud to recognize these leaders in Illinois tech.
“The winners represent the leading companies and individuals in Illinois tech, and if history is any indicator, they will do even greater things,” said Hoch. “We are proud to recognize them and be a part of their growth stories.”
In 2000, Ciardelli founded Guaranteed Rate, which has become one of the nation’s fastest growing mortgage companies in the U.S. With approximately 175 offices nationwide, the company offers low rate, low fee mortgages and superior customer service.
Guaranteed Rate has helped many homeowners with more than $65 billion in home purchase loans and refinances since 2000. Additionally, the company was ranked No. 1 in Scotsman Guide’s “Top Mortgage Lenders 2013” honors and was recognized by Inc. magazine as the No. 4 private company job creator in the U.S. in 2013.
For more information about Guaranteed Rate, visit www.guaranteedrate.com. Vice President of Public Relations Shawn Malayter can also be contacted for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.