BenchPrep Advances as a Best Tech Workplace for Diversity and Best Tech Manager Finalist in Chicago’s 2018 Timmy Awards

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

Tech in Motion announces top 10 local companies for tech along with top local tech managers

CHICAGO, Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech in Motion Chicago has chosen BenchPrep as a finalist for this year’s Best Tech Workplace for Diversity category and has selected Nickolay Schwarz, Chief Technology Officer at BenchPrep, as a finalist for the Best Tech Manager category in the fourth Annual Timmy Awards, which recognizes the top workplaces for tech professionals in the Chicago area. BenchPrep joins an elite list of this year’s finalists, which the public can vote for here.

BenchPrep is the only comprehensive learning assessment and delivery platform on the market and is recognized as an expert in learner success globally. With content management, instructional design, educator tools, analytics dashboards, and reporting streamlined into one learning ecosystem, BenchPrep offers an unmatched digital learning experience for organizations that administer certification, credentialing, test prep, and continuing education programs. By incorporating gamification, microlearning, and data driven personalization into its omnichannel platform, BenchPrep makes learning engaging, efficient, and effective.

Nickolay Schwarz is the CTO at BenchPrep, leading the product & technology teams. He has played an integral role in propelling BenchPrep from being a single-digit employee startup to a growth-stage organization that now has 50+ employees and 10x revenue growth since 2015. Schwarz has more than a decade of experience and is known for being a hands-on leader with expertise in designing and developing scalable APIs, applications, and systems.

“BenchPrep is both honored and thrilled to be named as a finalist for two different Timmy Awards,” says Ujjwal Gupta, COO & Co-Founder of BenchPrep. “To be recognized as a leader in workplace diversity while BenchPrep is experiencing tremendous growth validates our belief that having a team comprised of different backgrounds with unique and varied perspectives is critical to success and eliminating groupthink. It is also extremely gratifying to see Nickolay be recognized for his outstanding work and achievements. His leadership and strategic vision are paramount to BenchPrep’s success, and his value to the organization cannot be overstated.”

“Having such inspirational finalists in the running makes the Timmy Awards exciting every year. Each city’s best tech manager nominees are chosen based off their ability to promote career growth, ensure a great team culture and inspire innovation,” says Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Tech in Motion. “We are excited to see who will take home the crown in each of the 10 cities.”

Chicago’s local community has a chance to get involved by voting online now through October 3rd to help determine which company will be crowned the best in tech. Winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges and communal votes. The complete list of Chicago’s 2018 Timmy Awards finalists can be found here. The four award categories include: Best Tech Startup, Best Tech Manager, Best Tech Work Culture and Best Tech Workplace for Diversity.

Chicago’s 2018 Timmy Awards will be held on October 24th at 1871, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212 from 6 to 8 pm. This free event is open to the public and will consist of tech demos, entertainment and networking. The ceremony will also feature presentations from Chicago top tech leaders. If you are interested in learning more about Tech in Motion’s biggest event of the year, visit the Timmy Awards or RSVP here.

About Tech in Motion Events
Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project in 2011 between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates, part of the Motion Recruitment network, grew into an organization of over 100,000 members across 12 chapters in North America including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit for more information about notable speakers, sponsors and events.

Media Contact:
Lindsay Lewis

About BenchPrep
Based in Chicago, BenchPrep is the only comprehensive learner success platform on the market and is recognized as an expert in learner success globally. The company’s innovative enterprise SaaS solutions are disrupting the exam prep, continuing education, certification and credentialing markets by providing an unmatched learning experience. Many of the largest assessment companies in the world are customers of BenchPrep, including ACT, Becker Professional Education, AAMC, CFA Institute, CompTIA, GMAC, Institute for Supply Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ProLiteracy, HR Certification Institute, Hobsons, McGraw Hill Education, OnCourse Learning, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. More than 3 million learners have used BenchPrep’s platform to attain academic and professional success. To discover more about BenchPrep, please visit

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Jon Aderson
Director of Marketing

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