Freeman Named to InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Firms

Face-to-face marketing firm Freeman, which specializes in trade show production and event audio/visual, has been named to this year's InformationWeek 500, InformationWeek's annual list of the nation's most innovative users of business technology, Freeman announced last week.

"For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor in Chief Rob Preston. "In this day and age, however, being innovative isn't enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners and competitors. This year's ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators."

Freeman, which ranked No. 134 on the list of 500, was selected for creating the Event Collaboration System, a paperless tool that allows employees to manage and access event documents and work tickets in a centralized location. According to Freeman, it gives employees the ability to track orders throughout the event planning and production process, which improves capabilities and reduces duplication of efforts.

"Communicating customer requirements for execution supports the backbone of our business, and the new Event Collaboration System allows us to do so efficiently and effectively," said Freeman Chief Information Officer Richard Maranville. "The tool has saved our employees significant labor hours, meaning we can dedicate more time to customer service."

For more information about the InformationWeek 500 — including a list of this year's winners, led by PACCAR, Levi Strauss and Waste Management in the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots, respectively — visit