CHICAGO, November 24 -- Recognizing its contributions to the development of technology, Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. was named one of the winners of the 1998 KPMG Illinois High Tech Awards.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the 1998 Awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago last evening. Accepting for Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. was Jane Burke, president and CEO. Other winners in this year's program include Melvin W. Boldt, CEO and Robert C. Martin, Managing Director of BMI, Inc, and Shan Padda, Chairman and CEO and Doron Levitas, Vice Chairman, CAO, and Vice President of International for Sabratek Corporation.
"The KPMG Illinois High Tech Awards program focuses solely on honoring achievements in the high tech industry, " said Dick Reck, partner in charge, KPMG Illinois High Tech Awards Program. "The main goal of the awards program is to showcase the success of these local companies to encourage others to take advantage of the State's strong resources and spur further development of innovative new products and services that will influence and improve our future," he continued. Previous winners include executives from U.S. Robotics, Installshield, Spyglass, Comdisco, and PLATINUM Technology.
Endeavor was established in 1994 by five enterprising colleagues who worked together at NOTIS Systems, an Evanston-based technology transfer out of Northwestern University. After electing
Jane Burke as President and CEO, Endeavor attracted sufficient venture capital from California to build the new company.
Voyager, Endeavor's library automation product, is a market leader and uses all the latest software development principles. Approaching its seventh release, Voyager has been implemented by more than 350 libraries, including the Library of Congress, 18 of the largest research institutions in North America, Northwestern University, and Monash University--the largest university in the southern hemisphere.
"Endeavor is comprised of talented individuals with Midwestern values who have a passion for new technology," says Burke. "These elements create a truly unique organization."
Every year since Endeavor's founding, the staff, customer contracts, and revenues have doubled. The company's 1998 revenues exceeded $17 million and approached 30 percent profitability.
The KPMG Illinois High Tech Award winners were selected for their entrepreneurial achievement and measurable business results. They were judged by a prestigious panel of Illinois leaders in business, academia, government, media, and high technology.
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