Board of Directors
Arise Board of Directors
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Co-Chairman of the Board
Jeff Bizzack joined ServiceSource as President in April 2009 to drive the company's rapid growth and expansion. He oversaw all client-facing activities across the customer lifecycle including sales, marketing, development, and delivery. Jeff has an excellent track record in the technology and outsourcing industries helping companies develop and expand their client base, establishing global service centers, and leading organizations through significant revenue growth and expansion. Jeff has held several key roles at leading companies including Accenture LLC, a company focused on the mid-market, where he served as Managing Director and CEO for Finance, Accounting and Human Resources Outsourcing, Savista where he served as CEO of the technology and outsourcing company, and ProBusiness Services which he co-founded and built into the premier provider of HR BPO solutions and later successfully sold to ADP.
In addition to his professional experience, Jeff has served on the board of a number of industry and nonprofit organizations including the HROA (Human Resource Outsourcing Association) as Vice-Chairman, he founded and was Chairman of the Mid-Market HROA Board North America organization, and is an active board member and Chairman (emeritus) of Miocean, a non-profit with a mission to reduce ocean pollution. In addition, Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.
John A. Meyer
Co-Chairman of the Board
John A. Meyer is Chief Executive Officer of Arise Virtual Solutions. John joined the company in 2011 to drive the organization’s growth, set the strategic vision and manage the global operations of the business. John has over 28 years of leadership experience with large publicly traded organizations, and building high growth organizations in both the United States and internationally.
Prior to joining Arise in 2011, John served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Acxiom Corporation, a $1.2 billion global interactive marketing services company with more than 6,500 employees. Previously, he served as President of the Global Services group of Alcatel-Lucent for five years, where he was responsible for more than $6 billion in annual revenue and the management of more than 20,000 people. Prior to joining Lucent, he spent almost 20 years in a number of high-profile positions at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), including Chairman of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Operating Team, President of Diversified Financial Services and Credit Services Divisions, and CIO for the company’s GMAC business. John’s global, multi-industry experience at EDS was marked by numerous successes, including doubling revenue in EMEA from $3.6 billion to $7.2 billion in four years.
Before entering the business world, John served as a flight commander and was selected as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a MBA from the University of Missouri and a BS in management from Pennsylvania State University.
Mark Hodges has been a member of the Board of Directors at Arise since April 2011. Mark is an acknowledged pioneer of business process outsourcing (BPO), coining the term in 1989 in the first-ever research report on BPO. Mark has a talent for creating new markets and building the preeminent company in those markets, including EquaTerra, Exult, TPI and G2 Research. Currently, Mark is the Founder and CEO of Hodges Advisory, a built-for-purpose firm that advises founders of services companies on high growth and liquidity.
As a co-founder of EquaTerra and chairman of the board, Mark worked actively with a variety of EquaTerra clients across the globe and was responsible for corporate development until EquaTerra was acquired by KPMG in February, 2011. EquaTerra represented buyers of outsourcing and grew to over $100M in revenue with operations in 15 countries. Prior to EquaTerra, Mark established and led TPI’s BPO practice. In a two-year period, he grew the practice to represent 15 percent of TPI’s revenue and TPI grew from $29M to $75M. He was also responsible for TPI’s Strategy & Corporate Development function. Before TPI, Mark served as Vice President, Strategy and Marketing, for Exult, a leading HR BPO company, and helped grow the company from $0 in revenue to $273 million in less than three years. Earlier, he served as worldwide director of Gartner Dataquest's IT Services (ITO and BPO) Vendor Group, which consisted of more than 40 analysts across the globe. Prior to Gartner, Mark was the COO and Chief Analyst at G2 Research, a leading advisory firm for global IT services he founded and was purchased by Gartner.
Mark graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political economies of industrial societies (economics and political science).
Mr. Mark King is a Founding Partner of Strait Lane Capital Partners. He is an active business entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2006, Mr. King served as Chief Executive Officer of ACS, a global provider of business process and information technology outsourcing services and Fortune 500 company. Since 2007, Mr. King has acted as President of the MMK Foundation.
Mr. King joined ACS in 1988, and held various executive positions throughout his tenure. During his 18-year career at ACS, Mr. King was instrumental in building the firm from a start-up company to a global, $6 billion outsourcing services leader with more than 50,000 employees worldwide. He was a key contributor in the company’s initial public offering in 1994. He acted as Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 2001, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and President in 2002. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 2005, and was CEO until 2006.
While at ACS, Mr. King successfully completed more than 75 acquisitions with an aggregate purchase price and total annual revenues in excess of $4 billion. During his tenure as an executive officer, ACS consistently maintained one of the best track records in the industry for financial performance, growth, service, and client satisfaction. Prior to joining ACS, Mr. King held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at MTech Corp., Santa Fe Minerals, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. King is active in a variety of business, civic, and charitable organizations. He is an accomplished speaker and has addressed several groups on topics including performing successful mergers and acquisitions, applying managerial best practices, and producing business success.
Mr. King founded the MMK Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2007. The MMK Foundation was formed to support important social issues including education, environmental, health and welfare advocacy primarily for women and children. Mr. King is also actively involved with a variety of charities and civic organizations that promote and support the arts, education, relief efforts, and healthcare for those in need.
A native Texan and graduate of Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, Mr. King is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He is a certified public accountant.
Mr. King is married and has one child and he resides with his family in Dallas, Texas.
Richard D. Squires
Member of the Board of Directors
Richard D. Squires is the Founder of Lennox Capital Partners, LP, a special situations and value-oriented investment partnership and family office active in public and private debt, equity and bankruptcy securities as well as extensive national real estate holdings. Mr. Squires is also a Managing Director and Co-founder of SPI Holdings, LLC, a predecessor of Lennox in partnership with Mr. Dennis Wong which has national real estate holdings including commercial land, retail, office, hotels, mini-storage, industrial and multi-family assets and previously acquired the former Pace Membership Warehouse, Inc. from K-Mart in a leveraged buyout.
Between Lennox and SPI Mr. Squires has been involved using his own capital in the acquisition, ownership and management for his own account (and his partner) of more than $1.5 billion in real estate over the past thirty years.
Prior to SPI, Mr. Squires worked at various Bass Brothers and Rainwater, Inc.-affiliated companies from 1984-1991 in real estate acquisitions, investments, corporate strategy and liquidation and in 1991 Mr. Squires with his partner at the time, Maxxam Inc, a Fortune 150 Company did the first ever RTC Bulk Sale which resulted in more than $100 million in profit and subsequently purchased more than 100 tracts of commercial land nationwide from the RTC.
Mr. Squires holds a BS in Accounting with High Honors and the Honors Program at Penn State University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as a CPA (currently in-active). He presently serves on the Board of Directors and owns equity in Stream Energy, Hycroft Advisors and Arise Holdings. Mr. Squires has previously served on the Board of Directors of public and private companies including Forestar Group, Inc. (NYSE), Boss Holdings, Inc., Box Energy Corp., Crown American Bank and GSTV as well as the Board of Trustees of the St. Mark’s School of Texas.
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