BlackLine Systems Wins Three 2012 Golden Bridge Business & Innovation Awards


LOS ANGELES – Oct. 5, 2012 – Leading financial close software provider BlackLine Systems has won two Gold and one Bronze 2012 Golden Bridge Business & Innovation Awards, recognizing the company for the outstanding achievements of its Finance and Marketing teams. The awards were presented earlier this week at a formal ceremony at the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

The two Gold awards went to the BlackLine Finance department with CFO Charles Best winning in the ‘Finance Executive of the Year’ category. BlackLine Controller Ernie Acoba, along with Sr. Accountant Christine Paras and Staff Accountant Carlo Cueto, also were honored as ‘Finance Team of the Year’ under Best’s direction. The Gold appointments reflect BlackLine’s strong financial performance and aggressive implementation of several Cloud-based technology solutions to automate and improve processes for the fast-growing company.

BlackLine VP of Marketing Howard Goldstein won a Bronze Golden Bridge Award for building the company’s marketing program from the ground up since he started just a few years ago. Under Goldstein’s direction, BlackLine now has a comprehensive program of Trade Shows, Webinars, Roundtables, Conferences/Events, Partner Training, Advertising, PR, Lead Generation, Collateral, Branding – and the list goes on. All marketing activities also are replicated in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) regions to attract global prospects as the company expands internationally.

Due in large part to the team environment at the company, BlackLine revenues were up more than 50 percent for the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of last year, putting the company on track for its strongest growth yet in FY’2012.

The annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s “best in organizational performance, innovation, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, case studies, product management, public relations and marketing campaigns, and customer satisfaction programs, from leading companies in every major industry and from all over the world.”

Other companies with winning entries for the night included such leading global organizations as, Apple, Facebook, General Motors and Samsung.

The Golden Bridge recognition follows several other recent accolades for the leading provider of software to automate the account reconciliation process. In 2011, BlackLine was named a Red Herring 100 Global Winner – recognizing the company as one of the ‘most innovative and promising’ tech ventures in the world. More recently, BlackLine was named to Software Magazine’s prestigious annual list of the 500 largest software and service providers in the world – for the second year in a row.

BlackLine continues to add clients at an aggressive pace with a long list of household name companies already on board including AT&T, Boeing, H.J. Heinz, Northrop Grumman, United Airlines and Whirlpool, to name a few.