Dean Parker Recognized as CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Finalist

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Award Celebrates Next Generation of Leading, Innovative Entrepreneurs

Callis Communications, the leading provider of unified communications solutions for key business markets across the Southeast U.S., today announced that its founder and CEO, Dean Parker, has been selected by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) as a Finalist in the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards. CIT’s GAP 50 is a new statewide award program designed to identify and celebrate Virginia’s next generation of innovative entrepreneurs who are creating high-growth companies.

“It’s an honor to be selected by my peers as a CIT GAP 50 Finalist; it recognizes the impact entrepreneurs have in our local communities and nationally,” said Dean Parker, CEO of Callis Communications. “The leadership, talent, and success of Virginia’s prestigious and flourishing entrepreneurial community are at the forefront of the nation’s top leaders, and it is incredibly humbling to be acknowledged among the state’s leading visionaries and next generation entrepreneurs.”

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. CIT is known for working closely with entrepreneurs to accelerate innovation, and the GAP Fund invests in emerging, high potential Virginia-based technology and life science companies. Final CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Award recipients will be determined through a peer voting process, and the winners will be honored at an award banquet in McLean, Va. on October 18th.

In addition to this recognition, Callis was recently named to the Inc. 500|5000 list for its fifth consecutive year as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. The Company has received numerous other local, industry and national awards including the following: 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, Southern region; 2012 Company of the Year (American Business Awards/Stevie Awards Silver); 2011 Business of the Year for South Alabama out of 2,245 companies; the top entrepreneurial company in the State of Alabama (University of Alabama); and the 2nd fastest growing company in Alabama (Inc. 5000).

About Callis Communications
Callis Communications is a leading provider of cloud communications solutions for key business markets across the Southeast U.S. Callis offers cloud-based telephony, hosted PBX, data, security, email and collaboration services, all backed by a highly reliable and redundant network. With its unified communications services, Callis provides customers with one vendor to fulfill all of their communications and customer support needs. Callis provides an innovative 5-1-1-customer concierge service for 24x7 customer support while also offering services with no capital expenditure. Callis is proudly serving over 500 customers throughout the Gulf Coast region, providing them the best-in-class cloud communications solutions. Callis was also the first communications company to build and use a next generation IP network for all communications and is also a founding member of the Cloud Communications Alliance. Founded in 1999, Callis is headquartered in Mobile, AL. For more information, please visit http://www.mycallis.com.

About CIT GAP Funds
CIT GAP funds makes seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology, clean tech and life science companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return for entrepreneurs, co-investors and the Commonwealth of Virginia. CIT GAP Funds investments are overseen by the CIT GAP Funds Investment Advisory Board (IAB). This independent, third-party panel consists of leading regional entrepreneurs, angel and strategic investors, and venture capital funds such as: New Enterprise Associates, Rotech Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Harbert Venture Partners, HIG Ventures, Edison Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Intersouth Partners, SJF Ventures, Cariion Clinic, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric and Alpha Natural Resources.

About the Center for Innovative Technology
CIT is a nonprofit corporation that accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. Its CAGE Code is 1UP71.

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