Governor Daniels Honors Dr. Donald Brown with Sagamore of the Wabash Award
Interactive Intelligence founder and CEO honored for job creation efforts
INDIANAPOLIS -- January 23, 2013
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has honored Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.
(Nasdaq: ININ) founder and CEO, Dr. Donald Brown, with the 2012 Sagamore of
the Wabash award.
The honorary award, which pays tribute each year to someone who has made a
significant contribution to life in the Hoosier state, was given to Dr. Brown
based on his job creation efforts.
“Indiana needs more Don Browns,” Gov. Daniels said. “He develops companies
that become wildly successful and then comes up with more ideas using Indiana
as his base of operations. We couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Brown’s
Dr. Brown founded his current company, Interactive Intelligence, in 1994, and
has since grown it from a dozen-person start-up, to a publicly traded global
company generating more than $230 million in annual revenues and employing
more than 1,400 people.
Interactive Intelligence, a provider of unified IP business communications
software and services, has added more than 600 employees over the past 24
months. Today, its northwest-side headquarters occupies four buildings
totaling more than 250,000 square-feet.
Interactive Intelligence is Dr. Brown’s third software company. In March 1988
he co-founded Indianapolis-based Software Artistry, a developer of customer
support software that went public in March 1995 and was subsequently acquired
by IBM in early 1998. Dr. Brown's first software company, also based in
Indiana, was acquired by Electronic Data Systems in 1987.
Dr. Brown graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985. He
has two additional degrees from Indiana University, a master's degree in
computer science and a bachelor's degree in physics (Phi Beta Kappa).
Gov. Daniels honored Dr. Brown with the Sagamore of the Wabash award at a
special economic development event in December. The governor and the Indiana
Economic Development Corporation have worked with Interactive Intelligence on
several projects over the past eight years.
The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created during the term of Governor Ralph
Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. The award is the highest honor the
Governor of Indiana can bestow. It’s a personal tribute given to those who
have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor.
The term "sagamore" was used by the American Indian tribes of the northeastern
United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to
whom the true chief would look for wisdom and advice. The Wabash is the state
river of Indiana and a major tributary to the Ohio River.
About Interactive Intelligence
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global provider of
contact center automation, unified communications, and business process
automation software and services. The company’s unified IP business
communications solutions, which can be deployed on-premises or via the cloud,
are ideal for industries such as financial services, insurance, outsourcers,
collections, and utilities. Interactive Intelligence was founded in 1994 and
has more than 5,000 customers worldwide. The company is among Forbes
Magazine’s 2011 Best Small Companies in America and Software Magazine’s 2012
Top 500 Global Software and Service Providers. It employs more than 1,400
people and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company has offices
throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia
Pacific. Interactive Intelligence can be reached at +1 317.872.3000 or
firstname.lastname@example.org; on the Net: www.inin.com.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve a
number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially are described in the company's SEC filings.
Interactive Intelligence is the owner of the marks INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE,
its associated LOGO and numerous other marks. All other trademarks mentioned
in this document are the property of their respective owners.
Christine Holley, Senior Director of Market Communications, 317-715-8220
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