On Monday night, Signal had the honor of receiving the Global Innovator Award from World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International. The award recognizes Signal’s industry-changing technological innovations and our rapid worldwide expansion.
This video, courtesy of World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International, shows what drives us at Signal:
The award was presented at the 2014 Chicago Consular Corps Gala, an annual celebration paying tribute to the Windy City’s global partners. This year’s event at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel brought together members of the 84 foreign consulates and honorary consulates in Chicago, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, and many other civic and corporate leaders.
Proceeds from the event support the economic development efforts of Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago.
Secretary Pritzker delivered the keynote, discussing the role of commerce in diplomacy. She also praised the strong business climate in Chicago, including the city’s role as a transport hub and the unsurpassed economic diversity found here. “Chicago has the most diversified economy in the United States, with no single industry employing more than 14 percent of the city’s workforce,” she said. “Chicago-based companies are leaders in a wide array of industries, from financial services to healthcare, from IT to manufacturing, from hospitality to transportation and logistics.”
Signal CEO Mike Sands accepted the Global Innovator Award on behalf of the company. “At Signal, ‘global’ has been in our DNA since we founded the company five short years ago. So we couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this recognition,” he said. “I would also like to note the tremendous support that the City of Chicago and Mayor Emanuel have given to the tech community. Their focus has created one of the greatest concentrations of technology companies anywhere on earth…. I hope it serves as a global model for how our sister cities can build a vibrant technology community.”
From all of us at Signal to World Business Chicago and Chicago Sister City International: thank you for this honor! We’re excited to keeping growing and innovating on a global scale.