PROVO, Utah ¯ August 6, 2002 ¯ In a move to strengthen its senior management team and assert its focus as the world's leading provider of library automation solutions, epixtech has announced the appointment of a senior vice president of global marketing and the promotion of two executives to worldwide responsibilities.
epixtech President and CEO Jack Blount appointed Mark Calkins, a 25-year veteran of high-technology business, to serve as the company's first senior vice president of global marketing. He arrives at epixtech with more than 15 years of experience in senior marketing management.
“Because epixtech is the largest provider of library system software in the world, we felt it was important to generate a much greater focus on our international customers by creating the senior vice president of global marketing position,” Blount said. “I have worked with Mark in the past and know he is a valuable addition to our executive team.” Working together at Novell, Calkins and Blount helped grow company revenues from $50 million to over $1 billion in just five years, making Novell a Fortune 1000 company.
Calkins has a successful track record in reaching key marketing objectives and strategies for other major high-tech vendors as well, including WordPerfect, Sun Microsystems, and various high-tech start-up and medium-sized companies. In his most recent position, Calkins served as vice president of marketing for Raindance Communications in Louisville, CO, where he grew press coverage by more than 1000 percent and lead generation by more than 300 percent in six months. On two occasions, Calkins was named as one of the top 25 executives to watch in the PC industry by Computer Reseller News.
“I am very excited to work for and help drive the future at epixtech,” Calkins said. “We look forward to accelerating the library automation industry in our role as the industry leader while continuously improving the solutions and support we provide to libraries. Our goal is to deliver targeted solutions that meet the unique needs of each key market in this industry, such as public, academic, special interest, consortia and K–12 libraries around the world.”
Calkins' appointment as senior vice president of marketing follows Blount's recent decision to divide epixtech's sales and marketing force into two teams. “I'm convinced that the company's interests are best served by managing these two key departments separately,” he said. Calkins will oversee marketing communications, public relations, sales support, and product management for the company. Graduating with honors, Calkins received a communications degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, before completing an MBA with an emphasis in marketing at the University of Santa Clara in California. He and his family are currently relocating from Colorado to Utah.
In other changes, Sarah Buehler, director of human resources since 2000, was promoted to vice president of global human resources. Prior to her arrival at epixtech, Buehler directed human resources at the Utah State Hospital, Jazzercise, and Macy's Department Stores. Buehler graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
“Sarah continually demonstrates that she is truly a member of our executive team,” Blount said. “Her commitment and strategic vision provide an essential contribution to our operations both domestically and globally.”
Additionally, Ty Brown, vice president of operations at epixtech since 2000, was officially made vice president of global operations. Brown has more than 14 years' experience in operations and procurement, and has held management positions at C.R. Bard and Phillips Corporation. He has overseen worldwide operations at epixtech since 2001. He holds BS and MBA degrees from BYU's Marriott School of Management and is a graduate of the Executive Education Program sponsored by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Blount said that Brown's role as vice president of global operations will help the company to remain focused on exceeding the expectations of a worldwide customer base. “Ty will emphasize our focus on serving the needs of all libraries.”
With more than 10,000 customers in 42 countries, epixtech is the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries. Their award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix, NOTIS, and Horizon Sunrise, are installed in more sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech's industry-leading access products for patron self-services and interlibrary loan, as well as new Web-based solutions, are also used by libraries around the world. epixtech, formerly Ameritech Library Services, became a private corporation in December of 1999. epixtech library automation services meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia, and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Taiwan. epixtech headquarters are located at 400 W. 5050 N., Provo, UT 84604. The company's Web page is found at www.epixtech.com.