Mobivity Appoints William Van Epps as Executive Chairman
QSR Franchise Veteran Will Relocate to Be Full-Time at Mobivity's
PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 01/20/15 -- Mobivity Holdings Corp. (OTCQB: MFON), an award-winning provider of proprietary smart receipt marketing solutions and patented mobile marketing technologies, announced today that William Van Epps has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Company and will relocate to Phoenix, Arizona to operate full-time out of the Company's headquarters.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Van Epps
stated, "After meeting with and receiving feedback from a number of Private Equity Firms, consultants, and C-level
executives at major QSR and retail brands, I have come to the belief that Mobivity's
SmartReceipt technology is a rare opportunity to disrupt many retail sales industries.
As Executive Chairman, Bill will bring to bear decades of experience in operating large brands and help lead the Company's operations including sales, marketing, support, and finance.
is immediately relocating from his
current residence in Kentucky to operate full-time at Mobivity's
headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dennis Becker, CEO of Mobivity, commented, "Bill has already brought tremendous value to Mobivity as a Board member and we are thrilled with his commitment to take a full-time role.
Mr. Van Epps was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Proctor and Gamble's wholly-owned subsidiary, Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc., from 2009 - 2011 where he launched and managed the unit's Tide Dry Cleaners and Mr. Clean Car Wash operations.
Mr. Van Epps spent eight years as part of the senior management team at Papa John's International Inc. ("Papa John's"), ultimately serving as President from 2006 to 2009.
He was Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Papa John's from 2004 to 2006, responsible for domestic corporate and franchised restaurant operations and international operations.
Mr. Van Epps also served as Managing Director of International at Papa John's from 2001 to 2004.
Prior to joining Papa John's, he served as President of the International Division of Yorkshire Global Restaurants, responsible for the international development of the Long John Silver's and A&W restaurant chains.
From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Van Epps served as President of the International Division at AFC Enterprises where he developed international brand deployments for Popeye's, Church's Chicken, Cinnabon, Seattle Coffee Co., and Chesapeake Bakery Cafe.
From 1974-1981, he was Senior Managing Director at Pepsico Foodservice International, where he was responsible for the expansion of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell into Asia, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Those forward-looking statements include statements regarding expectations for the contributions of William Van Epps; Mobivity's
ability to successfully exploit the experience and relationships of Mr. Van Epps; the advantages and growth of Smart Receipt's
business model; and the advantages and growth prospects of the mobile marketing industry.
Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual circumstances, events or results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause or contribute to differences include, but are not limited to, Mobivity's
inability to successfully exploit the experience and relationships of Mr. Van Epps; Mobivity's
ability to successfully integrate SmartReceipt's
products and services with its own; Mobivity's
ability to develop the sales force required to achieve its development and revenue goals; Mobivity's ability to otherwise raise additional working capital as and when needed; changes in the laws and regulations affecting the mobile marketing industry and those other risks set forth in Mobivity Holdings Corp
.'s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the SEC
on March 31, 2014 and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.