Syracuse, New York, April 23, 2004 - GIS Information Systems, Inc. announced today the addition of two senior level sales personnel to help the company expand service to more libraries with its technologically advanced, easy-to-implement Polaris integrated library system. John Richardson joins the company as Director of Strategic Sales and David Bendekovic assumes the role of National Sales Director.
John Richardson, a 20-year veteran of the library industry, is returning to GIS where he served as Director of Sales from 1996-2000 during the early growth phase of Polaris sales. His experience in the library marketplace includes Director of Marketing and Sales at DRA and Director of Sales at netLibrary. From mid-2001 until the present, he was president of einfo Dynamics, a consulting firm working with libraries and library vendors. Richardson is experienced in library automation procurement and new technologies, including web conferencing, wireless initiatives, and content management systems. A frequent conference speaker, he has presented at Computers in Libraries, Texas Library Association, Canadian Library Association and other national and regional conferences. In his role as Director of Strategic Sales, Richardson will work closely with large libraries, consortia and statewide initiatives looking for creative solutions for their libraries and library services, using Polaris and related technologies.
Dave Bendekovic has more than 25 years of experience in building and growing technology and telecommunications companies. He has developed and managed high caliber sales teams for Northland Communications (Dreamscape Online), US Sprint, AT&T, and IBM. Currently, he serves as the Program Director for Sales & Marketing Leadership at Syracuse University. At GIS he will be responsible for day-to-day management of the Polaris sales team.
“From 2002 to 2003 GIS increased the number of installed Polaris sites by 34% and during the first quarter of 2004 we have doubled the number of awards compared to first quarter 2003,” said Bill Schickling, GIS president and CEO. “The momentum for Polaris is definitely building with the addition of customers like Maricopa County Library District in Arizona, Pierce County Library System in Washington, and Fayetteville Public Library in Arkansas. These are leading libraries and with them has come significant interest in Polaris from the library community. John and Dave bring the experience and expertise we need to build on this momentum and offer libraries the right solutions for their communities.”
About GIS Information Systems
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, GIS Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the developer of the Polaris® integrated library system. From its beginnings thirty years ago, GIS has served libraries with innovative technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970's through its third-generation Polaris system. Ranked number one by users for the quality of customer support they receive*, Polaris facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing innovative workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. The Polaris staff client offers a complete solution for acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan and serials control. The Polaris PowerPAC extends this innovation to the end-user by providing a fully customizable library portal to the library's catalog and other library resources, including enhanced bibliographic data such as book images, tables of contents, and reviews. With embedded metasearch capabilities, patrons can search the library's catalog, the web, other library catalogs and Z39.50 databases at one time using one common interface.
In addition to its library automation systems, GIS Information Systems, Inc. offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion, database enhancement and network security services to libraries of all types. Thirty percent of GIS staff is composed of professional librarians. More information is available via telephone 800-272-3414 and at www.gisinfosystems.com.