SLI Systems Co-founders and Brothers Receive NZ Engineering Entrepreneurs of the Year Award

New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards recognise Dr. Shaun Ryan and Dr. Grant Ryan for their contribution to business creation in New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – November 28, 2014SLI Systems (SLI.NZ), a worldwide e-commerce acceleration provider for mid- to large-size Internet retailers and B2B sites worldwide, congratulates its co-founders and brothers, CEO Dr. Shaun Ryan and Dr. Grant Ryan for their recognition as the 2014 New Zealand Engineering Entrepreneurs of the Year.

The award, announced this evening at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards™ (NZEEA) dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, recognises the significant contribution the Ryan brothers have made to business creation in New Zealand.

NZEEA Chief Panel Judge Steve Reindler highlighted the Ryan brothers’ development of SLI Systems and the innovation of the company’s site search solutions that have been adopted by over 500 e-commerce companies worldwide. He also mentioned their founding of SLI’s predecessor GlobalBrain and Grant’s independent engineering ventures including the innovative electric cycle visit YikeBike™.

Reindler said: “Shaun and Grant are remarkable entrepreneurs. One of the things that impressed us was not only their obvious affinity for new ideas and innovations but also their established track record of making them happen and bringing them to market.”

“Due to Shaun and Grant’s determination, leading brands, such as Fabergé, Wine Enthusiast, Harrods Estates and The Warehouse use SLI’s solutions to accelerate sales by connecting shoppers with the products they’re most likely to buy,” said SLI Chairman Greg Cross. “The awards are a tribute to the innovative engineering and entrepreneurial drive that underpins SLI’s continued success.”

The NZEEA is the eighth award SLI has received this year in recognition of its people, technology and/or customer-usage scenarios. Other awards include: Best Technology Solution™ award at the ECMOD Direct Commerce Supplier of the Year Awards as voted by U.K. retailers; Best Product™ at eCommerce Awards for Excellence 2014; The Search Agency’s Stars of Search™, Retail TouchPoints Channel Innovation Award™, Highly Commended Online Technology Vendor of the Year™ at the U.K’s Retail Systems Awards 2014, Australia’s Online Retail Industry Awards™ (ORIA), and World Retail Awards Paris Customer Experience of the Year™.

About the New Engineering Excellence Awards
Initiated in 2005, the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are the premier awards for the engineering professionals of New Zealand. The awards categories recognise People, Projects and Products, with a Supreme Award for the best project and product. Leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and young engineers are also recognised along with the use of leading edge technology. Past winners of the New Zealand Engineering Entrepreneur of the year award include: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Michael Daniell (2013); Compac Sorting Equipment Founder and Managing Director Hamish Kennedy (2012) and Endace Chairman Ian Graham (2011).

About SLI Systems
SLI Systems (SLI.NZ) enables the world’s leading e-commerce retailers to accelerate sales by connecting shoppers with the products they’re most likely to buy. With offerings that include site search, navigation, merchandising, mobile, product recommendations and user-generated SEO, SLI is the most chosen cloud-based site search provider to U.S. Internet Retailer Top 1,000 retailers. The company’s patented technology continuously learns from the actions of visitors to deliver the most relevant results possible. Whether via PC, tablet or phone, a site powered by SLI delivers the kind of satisfying search experience that increases conversion rates, secures brand loyalty and results in higher order values. SLI operates on five continents. For more information, visit