Convio, Inc. Names Gary Allison Vice President of Engineering

Industry Veteran Brings Extensive Professional Engineering and Client Service Experience to Leading Nonprofit Technology Partner

 Convio, Inc. — a trusted partner that leads the way in helping nonprofits use the Internet strategically to get extraordinary results — today announced that 20-year technology industry veteran Gary Allison has joined the company as vice president of engineering.

"Gary brings a unique combination of inspirational leadership, engineering expertise and experience in client success and satisfaction to the Convio team," said Gene Austin, CEO, Convio, Inc. "His commitment to client success has been proven through his many achievements in delivering innovative products and technologies that have set standards for quality and client satisfaction. That accountability to clients and exceptional business acumen has helped Gary build a reputation for helping technology companies expand their solutions while improving client satisfaction and sustaining rapid growth."

Allison adds 20 years of experience in software engineering, quality assurance and customer service to the Convio team. His expertise includes scalable and highly available systems software, relational database architectures, usability and design, as well as progressive leadership and management of global development teams. He has proven experience in successfully bringing products to market in a variety of technical arenas, including network file servers, database servers, Web and wireless application development and deployment, and Web/database integration.

Before Convio, Allison was a senior vice president of software development, data center operations, and customer service at Simdesk Technologies, Inc., a provider of a secure, on-demand computing service for schools, businesses and entire populations. At Simdesk, Allison led all software development and customer service activities to deliver a highly scalable on-demand computing platform, in addition to overseeing operations of Simdesk's 24x7 datacenter. Prior to Simdesk, Allison was at Pervasive Software, a developer and marketer of systems management software for corporate IT environments. At Pervasive he directed all worldwide engineering and support functions and helped decrease the company's tech support incidents by more than 50 percent while driving innovation that resulted in more than 20 releases of the company's flagship product.

"As the pioneer in helping nonprofit organizations leverage the Internet to more efficiently and effectively achieve their marketing and fundraising goals, Convio is well positioned to collaborate with their clients and the industry on the next generation of innovation," said Allison. "It's exciting to join Convio and help contribute to that innovation and the company's growth, while helping nonprofits fulfill their mission."

Allison graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University, and holds a Master's degree from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. The position will report to Dave Hart, Vice President of Operations.

About Convio

Convio is a leading provider of software and services to help nonprofits use the Internet strategically to build strong relationships with constituents for driving fundraising, advocacy and other forms of support. Convio has online solutions for fundraising, advocacy, Web content management, event fundraising, ecommerce and email communications. All solutions include the Constituent360™ platform, a sophisticated, online marketing database that centralizes constituent data and integrates with offline databases.

Convio's clients include American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, AVON Foundation, Easter Seals, National Association of REALTORS®, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Sierra Club, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Thirteen/WNET New York. For more information, please visit www.convio.com.

Press Contact:
Karoline McLaughlin
Director, Corporate Communications
Convio, Inc.

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