Louisville, CO, June 11, 2001. Raindance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNDC), formerly Evoke Communications, a leading provider of virtual meeting services, today announced that Jack Blount has been named chief operating officer. Blount, who has over 25 years of successful management experience, will oversee Raindance's day-to-day operations including customer relationships, sales and marketing efforts, and will assist senior management in leading the company's strategic direction.
"Jack has a successful track record of developing and implementing strategic plans that have produced dramatic revenue growth. His operational expertise will be integral in helping Raindance accelerate revenue growth and achieve profitability by the first quarter of 2002," said Paul Berberian, president and chief executive officer of Raindance.
Blount brings to Raindance experience in sales and marketing strategy, new product development and launch and large-scale budget implementation. Prior to joining Raindance, Blount served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Data Authority, Inc, a national network infrastructure company. In this position, he was responsible for growing company sales by more than 300%.
Previously, Blount held a variety of senior management positions, including CEO, CTO and executive vice-president, with TeleComputing Inc., J.D. Edwards, MobileWare Corporation and Novell. Blount has also founded several companies including JCB Development, Inc., a software consulting company, and Picus Software, Inc., which created a line of Internet filtering software products.
"I am very enthusiastic about joining Raindance at such an important time," said Blount. "The company's early position in the developing Web conferencing space and its deep customer base is a solid platform to launch significant expansion."
About Raindance Communications (formerly Evoke Communications)
Raindance is a leading provider of virtual meeting services, offering simple, reliable tools that enable online meetings and events. The company's interactive services include automated phone conferencing, Webconferencing for online presentations and controls, and Collaboration, which allows users to tour the Web and share applications, including whiteboard functions. From a simple conference call to fully collaborative online events, Raindance harnesses the collective energy of a group of people, increasing user productivity. The company's proprietary architecture integrates leading-edge technologies into a single convergent communications platform that has been selected by leading businesses to increase productivity and strengthen business relationships. For more information visit www.evoke.com or call 800.878.7326.
This release contains forward-looking statements, including expectations regarding future company performance. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause future events to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the ability of Raindance Communications (formerly Evoke Communications) to successfully forecast and meet its financial projections, its ability to increase its customer base and their usage of services, competition from presently existing and new competitors, and its ability to control operating expenses. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements can be found in Raindance Communications filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gather analysis and retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov, including its Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on May 2, 2001 under the name Evoke Communications. Raindance Communications assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this document. Raindance and Raindance Communications are trademarks of Raindance Communications, Inc.