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Pilgrim Software Receives 2009 BDPA Award

TAMPA, FL-Pilgrim Software Inc. has received the Tampa Bay Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Outstanding Achievement Award from the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of BDPA. BDPA is an organization for African Americans in the information technology industry.

The award was presented to acknowledge the company’s success as a provider of enterprisewide compliance and quality management software solutions, as well as for its support for diversity in technology in the Florida region.

“Pilgrim has supported this organization through its memberships and donations at critical times, when we reached out to them,” says Frank Shines, president of Tampa Bay BDPA. “Pilgrim employees have assisted the Tampa Bay chapter, helping us to train 15 at-risk teens this year and send three of them to the BDPA National High School Computer Competition in North Carolina earlier this month.”

Accepting the Outstanding Achievement award on behalf of Pilgrim was Nikki Willett, vice president of marketing and regulatory affairs.

“As a leader, Pilgrim is committed to education and giving back to the community-to our customers, to the industries we serve and to our local community,” said Willett. “We’re proud of the work that Pilgrim employees are doing in mentoring our youth.

“Likewise, Pilgrim recognizes and appreciates the job the BDPA is doing in discovering the untapped potential in our young-which will be the key to technology and business success for our future-and for the outstanding performance and dedication of these kids.”

The award ceremony was held September 12 in conjunction with BDPA’s At-Risk Youth Charity Breakfast, presented to inspire and recognize local Greater Tampa Bay area teens for their achievements in business, technology, and health and fitness. In addition to the awards, the program included presentations by BDPA Tampa President Shines and Ryan Nece, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and founder of the Ryan Nece Foundation.

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