Timothy Miller, President & CEO
Tim's career began with EDS Corporation where he completed the Systems Engineer Development program with the Electronic Commerce Division in Plano, TX.
With EDS, Tim led the implementation of the industry's first electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) solutions that included MCI/Worldcom.
In 1999 Tim was hired by IBM to build an EBPP National Practice in New York. Tim was on point as his teams successfully sold and implemented
over 60 complex EBPP projects around the globe to the world's largest financial services, telcos, and public utilities that included Citibank,
State Farm, Geico, and Optus. Tim Miller founded SUMOTEXT Corporation in 2007, helped the company reach profitability in 2011, and today supports a growing team of talented employees that service over 300 brand and agency accounts. Tim's responbilities now include corporate strategy and development while maintaining his traditional focus on product management. Tim has a B.B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and was a 2011 Arkansas Business selection to the "40 Under 40" list of businesspeople in Arkansas.
(email him: tim@)
John Styers, EVP
John heads up the SUMOTEXT carrier relations team and leads our Mobile Healthcare Group. His experience includes Executive Board membership of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Chairmanship of the Annual Global Messaging Congress in Europe. John was also the former General Manager of the Sprint Mobile Media Network. In this role, John guided the development and positioning of Sprint’s growing mobile advertising, mobile search and off-portal content strategies. Prior to that, John led the development and design of Sprint’s Messaging, Social Networking, IM, Email, and Picture Mail services as Director of Data Communications. Styers' widely acknowledged expertise in the areas of messaging, mHealth, and mobile marketing has earned him global recognition as an industry thought leader. Prior to joining SUMOTEXT, Styers was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Industry Relations at 3Cinteractive. Before joining Sprint, Styers was the Global Director of Operations and Finance for Crown Greetings, the mobile division of Hallmark Cards. Styers holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. (email him: john@)
Elsbeth Cloninger, SVP
Elsbeth leads the SUMOTEXT Client Services Group that provides mobile strategy, campaign planning, and campaign execution services while leveraging our custom methodologies, industry-first message vault, and experienced account managers. Elsbeth's career in blending technology and marketing began in college when she worked with the administration to help roll out a new telephone registration platform at Cal Poly. Since then she has implemented sales force automation solutions, developed relational databases, and owned a vertical market software company. For the past 3 years, Elsbeth has worked with a diverse group of national brands and enterprise clients to craft mobile strategies that emphasize the continual alignment of customer needs, business goals, and evolving technologies. She holds a BS in Human Development/Business Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, SLO. (email her:elsbeth@)
Mason Woods, CTO
Born and raised in New York City, Mason pursued his education out west where he graduated from California State University with National Honors and returned to New York in 1989 to begin his technical career with Mitsubishi Bank. In 1995 Mason started his own boutique software development firm and has since written dozens of mission critical applications still in use today at companies like McKinsey & Co., Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, The EMMY Awards, PDM, Johnson & Higgins, and Archery Capital. Mason is responsible for the company's technology and product architecture while leading the development of the company's services platform. (email him: mase@)
Ted Dickey, Advisor
Ted Dickey received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Thereafter, he earned a Juris Doctorate and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar. He spent more than six years at Stephens Inc. in its Corporate Finance Department employed as a financial analyst, an associate in the Financial Services Group and then as a vice president in the Private Placement Group. During this time, he was responsible for placing debt and equity securities with institutional investors for public and private companies. Ted is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a 2004 Arkansas Business selection to the "40 Under 40" list of businesspeople in Arkansas, and is the former chairman of the Arkansas Ethics Commission.
Mike Smith, Jr., Advisor
Mike manages MS Partners, LLC, a business consulting and advisory firm he founded in 2004. Mike is a former senior vice president in the Corporate Finance Group of Stephens Inc. He completed more than 50 merger and acquisition, public offering and private placement transactions for privately owned and publicly traded middle market companies during his 13 years there. He also sourced and executed principal investments for the Stephens family. Mike is actively involved in venture capital and entrepreneurial development in the region, speaking on venture capital and early stage business development topics and serving on several private company boards. Mike graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in economics and received his MBA in Finance from the Fuqua School of Business.