Entrepreneur and CEO of iContact to present "The Future of Business Communication"

March 24, 2010

photo of Ryan AllisEntrepreneur and chief executive officer of iContact, Ryan P. Allis, will present "The Future of Business Communication" at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 8, 2010.

Allis, will discuss electronic communication, social media, e-marketing, using data to drive business success, entrepreneurship and changing the world through business.

Hosted by the School of Information and Library Science, the free event will take place in room 208 of Manning Hall at 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Ryan Allis Bio

Ryan P. Allis, 25, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of iContact, the leading provider of e-mail marketing software for small businesses. Allis has built the Durham-based iContact from its start in July 2003 to its current size with over 190 employees, 59,000 customers, and $26 million in annual sales. In 2005, he was named by BusinessWeek as one of the "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25." He is the author of the book Zero to One Million: How I Built a Company To $1 Million in Sales and How You Can Too, published by McGraw-Hill.   The book was recently #2 on Amazon’s best seller list.  

Allis is a social entrepreneur based in North Carolina. His lifetime focus is to work to reduce poverty and human suffering at home and in developing nations while building stronger communities and encouraging access to technology, healthcare, education and nutrition. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Advocates for Grassroots Development in Uganda, Nourish International, Leadership Triangle and Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina.  

Allis has been featured on ABC News and "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" and in Fortune Small Business, Success Magazine, Entrepreneur, Investors' Business Daily, the Daily Times of India, and Young Money Magazine.
He is the founder of The Humanity Campaign, the founder of the entrepreneurship resource Zeromillion.com, and a member of EO Raleigh-Durham. His long-term goals include being a U.S. Senator and starting a foundation that works to reduce poverty and improve healthcare and education in developing nations. Allis attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an economics major and a Blanchard Scholar.