Name: Gregory C Carr
Birth: in Idaho
Education: Graduated Harvard University
ALIA: Greg Carr
Reference Number: 13033
Occupation: Chairman, Prodigy, Inc AUG 1997
Occupation: Co-founder, Boston Technology, which was sold to Comverse Network Systems AUG 1997
Greg Carr, former Chairman, Prodigy Inc.
Subj: Comverse Technology, Inc. and Boston Technology, Inc. Sign Definitive Merger Agr
Date: 97-08-21 03:54:29 EDT
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WOODBURY, N.Y., and WAKEFIELD, Mass., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Comverse Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CMVT) and Boston Technology, Inc. (NYSE: BSN) announced today the signing of a definitive agreement for the merger of Boston Technology with Comverse Technology in a tax-free, stock-for-stock
transaction, which will be accounted for as a pooling of interests.
Under the terms of the agreement, each share of Boston Technology common stock will be converted into 0.65 of a share of Comverse Technology common stock. Based on Boston Technology's current number of outstanding shares, Comverse will issue approximately 17.7 million new shares to Boston Technology shareholders to complete the transaction. Boston Technology shareholders will
own approximately 41 percent of the resulting common stock of Comverse, while Comverse Technology shareholders will own approximately 59 percent. The transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to earnings per share in the first year after the completion of the transaction, excluding one-time merger
and integration-related charges.
A one-time charge, covering primarily merger and integration-related costs, is expected to be recorded in the quarter in which the transaction is completed. The companies expect to achieve cost savings over the first year from the consolidation of select overseas offices and through other economic
synergies. However, this transaction is a merger of two rapidly growing organizations, and the resulting company is expected to continue to expand its workforce and operations after the merger.
The combined company will be called Comverse Technology, Inc., and will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq exchange. The company headquarters will remain in Woodbury, NY. The operations of Boston Technology will be combined with Comverse's Network Systems Division, the largest operating unit of Comverse Technology. Comverse Network Systems Division will be headquartered
in Wakefield, MA.
Kobi Alexander, Comverse Technology's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will continue in his present role. Francis E. Girard, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Technology, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Comverse Network Systems Division. The Board of Directors of Comverse Technology will be expanded to nine members, and will include Gregory C. Carr, who is currently Boston Technology's Chairman, and Mr. Girard. . . .
Gregory C. Carr, Chairman and largest individual shareholder of Boston Technology, said, "I am excited and highly optimistic about the strategic benefits of this merger. In addition to the complementary nature of our leadership positions and technological expertise, Boston Technology
shareholders will benefit from a vastly expanded customer base. We have long respected Comverse's strong, consistent record of growth, financial performance and creation of shareholder value, and I am confident that the combined company will continue to prosper."
The combined company is committed to preserving the investment of all of its customers, and will continue to market, support and enhance both companies' platforms. Both platforms will evolve over time, to take advantage of the expanded technology and resource strengths of the two companies.
The merger is conditioned upon the approval of each company's shareholders and customary regulatory clearances, and is expected to be completed by the end of 1997.
Comverse Technology, Inc., headquartered in Woodbury, New York, designs, develops, manufactures and markets computer and telecommunications systems for a variety of communications processing applications, including multimedia messaging, personal communications and information processing systems marketed to telecommunications network operators under the name TRILOGUE(R), multiple channel, multimedia digital monitoring systems marketed under the name AUDIODISK(TM), and multiple channel, multimedia digital recording systems marketed under the name ULTRA(TM). For the year ended December 31, 1996, Comverse achieved sales growth of 44 percent, and net income growth, excluding non-recurring gains, of 61 percent. For the six months ended June 30, 1997, Comverse's sales increased by 50 percent, and its net income, excluding non-recurring gains, grew by 72 percent. Comverse ended the June, 1997 quarter with record cash and cash equivalents, bank time deposits and short-term investments of $253,885,000, and record working capital of $310,327,000.
Boston Technology, Inc., headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, supplies innovative systems, software and services to telephone, long distance, cellular, PCS (Personal Communications Service), cable, and other companies in the telecommunications industry that enable them to provide voice mail, integrated Internet messaging, and other services to their customers.
Boston Technology is a worldwide market leader serving half of the world's 20 largest telephone companies in 13 countries. For the year ended January 31, 1997, Boston Technology achieved sales growth of 83 percent, and net income growth, excluding non-recurring items, of 188 percent. For the six
months ended July 31, 1997, Boston Technology's sales increased by 68 percent, and its net income, excluding non-recurring items, grew by 170 percent. The company is the winner of a 1996 President's "E" Award for Excellence in Exporting.
Internet users: For additional information, you may visit the companies' web sites at: http://www.comverse.com and http://www.bostontechnology.com . . .
SOURCE Comverse Technology, Inc. and Boston Technology, Inc.
CO: Comverse Technology, Inc.; Boston Technology, Inc.
ST: Massachusetts, New York
IN: TLS CPR
Subj: Prodigy Inc. Creates Three Distinct Operating Divisions
Date: 97-09-24 13:26:04 EDT
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 1997--
Company Splits Prodigy Internet and Prodigy International Into Individual Units and Creates Prodigy Solutions, a Software Development and Hosting Company
Russ Pillar Named President/CEO, Prodigy Internet
Inder S. Gopal Named President/GM, Prodigy Solutions
Paul Tucker Named President/GM, Prodigy International
Paul DeLacey Named Strategic Advisor to the Chairman
Prodigy Inc. today announced it has restructured the company into three distinct operating divisions in response to its continuing global expansion efforts, domestic ISP activities, and its foray into the software development and licensing businesses, it was announced today by Greg Carr, Chairman, Prodigy Inc.
The new Prodigy Inc. organization creates the Prodigy Internet and Prodigy Solutions divisions, as well as the Prodigy International division, each with its own General Manager and discrete operations.
In making the announcement, Carr said: "In the 15 months since we acquired the Prodigy business, we have seen our businesses change as evidenced by our expansion into China, our launch and subsequent growth of our domestic SuperISP service, and our creation and initial marketing of software technologies to major global companies. This growth has helped us to realize that we must better focus on these business opportunities and create an environment where each can thrive on a more autonomous basis."
He added: "The appointments of Messrs. Pillar, Gopal and Tucker will enable us to achieve the goals we envision and create a stronger overall company positioned for success." . . .
Carr noted, "When we acquired the company in June, 1996, we believed it vital to respond to the tremendous changes occurring in the online industries and we needed to dramatically rethink our
business. Our strategy was to focus on three key goals: restructure the company; find a solution to our network business; and, launch an Internet-based product, Prodigy Internet. In just 15 months, Paul succeeded in all of those efforts and is responsible for the company being positioned on the road to success. We are grateful for his leadership and management efforts and I look forward to his ongoing
Reporting to Carr for Prodigy Inc. are Barry Kluger, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marc Jacobson, Vice President and General Counsel.
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Greg Carr, Idaho native, founder of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.
Subj: Idaho Town To Fight Bad Publicity
Date: 03/30/2000 2:45:45 PM Eastern Standard Time
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Idaho Town To Fight Bad Publicity
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By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Embarrassed by the sight of neo-Nazis parading through town at the height of tourist season, city leaders have decided they, too, can use the First Amendment to their advantage.
They are hiring a human rights coordinator with public relations experience whose job will include publicizing all the good and decent things people are doing in Coeur d'Alene.
It's the latest tactic in a battle that has seen locals first try to ignore the white supremacist group Aryan Nations, and then stage counter-demonstrations. The end result was national media coverage showing pictures of swastika-wearing extremists marching down the main street.
``Good deeds and positive activities never garner as much attention as the remarks of a crazy who doesn't represent anybody,'' said Jonathan Coe of the Coeur d'Alene Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Steve Judy will choose the coordinator, who will work with the news media, advertising agencies and religious groups to develop programs that promote respect for others. The goal is to focus media attention on positive activities, rather than hate marches.
Among other things, the coordinator will set up a Web site, organize public meetings and answer queries from the media about hate groups.
Money for the full-time post of coordinator was donated by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Founder Greg Carr is an Idaho native.
Richard Butler, leader of the Aryan Nations, ridiculed the notion of an Aryan-buster. ``For white people to have to hire somebody like that because other people want to remain white is interesting,'' he said.
The Idaho Panhandle is a region of beautiful lakes and forested mountains that draws thousands of tourists and retirees. The elegant Coeur d'Alene Resort on the city's lakefront has 18 floors of rooms to fill, at rates of up to $2,500 a night.
In Kootenai County, tourism in 1999 accounted for 5,800 jobs paying $66 million in wages. With the region's timber and mining industries suffering, tourism is a major reason the population of the county leaped from 69,000 in 1990 to 98,000 in 1997. Many of the newcomers are moving into $500,000 homes springing up all over the area.
At the same time, Idaho has gained a reputation as a hate-group stronghold. A recent report by the Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity identified 11 white supremacist groups in Idaho, 10 of them in the Panhandle.
Among them is the Hitler-loving Aryan Nations, which moved to a ranch in the area in the 1970s and declared it was creating a white homeland.
Civic leaders fear that marches by the Aryan Nations in 1998 and 1999 are scaring away tourists and business opportunities.
A 1998 parade attracted about 90 Aryan Nations supporters and 1,000 counter-demonstrators. Last summer, about 80 white supremacists and 200 opponents scuffled in a park. A week later, after winning a permit on First Amendment grounds with backing from the ACLU, a few Aryan Nations supporters marched down Sherman Avenue to the screams of thousands of protesters.
Last year, resort owner Duane Hagadone donated thousands of dollars for legal advice in a fruitless attempt to draft a law that would ban the Aryans from marching while preserving First Amendment rights.
At the state level, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has proposed spending up to $100,000 to change Idaho's image as a haven for racists. ``The idea that this soil is now used as a verbal battleground for hatred and to display swastikas is not Idaho,'' he said at a rally in Coeur d'Alene last year.
In Coeur d'Alene, some merchants were enthusiastic about the idea of countering bad publicity with good.
``We have a really bad reputation,'' said Cathy Shortridge, owner of several stores in the Coeur d'Alene Resort Shopping Plaza. ``Everywhere we go, people mention, `You live up there with the Aryan Nations.'''
But others wondered whether fighting back against the white supremacists might be counterproductive.
``Ignore them and eventually they will go away,'' said Sandy Jirovski, manager of a recreational vehicle park.
Copyright 2000 The Associated Press.
Subj: Greg Carr
Date: 03/31/2000 10:51:23 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Monica McAllister)
Jasmine, from the Carr Center, forwarded your email to me and your questions about Greg Carr.
Greg was Chairman of Prodigy, Inc. and co-founded Boston Technology (which has been sold to Comverse Network Systems) He is no longer affiliated with either company.
If you have any other questions, please contact me either by email or phone,
Assistant to Greg Carr
Idaho drafts Anne Frank to fight neo-Nazi image
By Martin Johncox
BOISE, Idaho, April 12 (Reuters) - Idaho residents like to think of their state as one corner of paradise.
Boasting stunning mountain scenery, an increasingly vibrant economy and a down-home Western lifestyle, Idaho's reputation as one of America's rugged outdoor playgrounds encompasses everything from winter skiing to summer river rafting.
But the state also has a darker image to fight: ground zero of America's tiny neo-Nazi movement and safe haven for white supremacists and racist religious extremists of every stripe.
Many Idahoans feel this image is unfair but it has proved tough to battle as pictures of jackboots and Hitler salutes periodically splash across newspapers and television.
Now mainstream Idaho is drafting a heroine of anti-Nazi literature to help put things right, funding a $1.5 million monument to Anne Frank and other victims of Nazi persecution.
The Anne Frank memorial will join a Black History Museum founded in 1998 in highlighting Idaho's ``other'' history, such as the fact that in 1914 it was the first state in the nation to elect a Jewish governor and in 1972 it was the first to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment for women.
Fund-raising for the memorial in state capital Boise has gone so well organisers say they will have enough cash left over to fund an educational endowment.
'TOTALLY DISPROVES WHITE SUPREMACIST IMAGE'
``This is not a new thing and it just totally disproves the image the white supremacists and racist individuals ... have given this state,'' said Mary Peterman, executive director of the Idaho Human Rights Education Centre, which is building the memorial. ``We have had such an overwhelming support from Idahoans and I get calls from people all over the United States asking for information.''
Peterman traces the idea for the memorial to a 1995 exhibit on Anne Frank's life that broke records for Boise museum attendance when a total of 46,000 people -- 15,000 of them children -- visited in one month.
Construction is to start this month. Plans call for a 175-foot(53-metre)-long granite wall with quotes and images from human rights heroes. It will include a a life-size statue of Anne Frank, who died in Nazi concentration camp in 1945.
The German Dutch teenager's diary of three years her family spent hiding from the Nazis in a sealed-off warehouse room is one of the most widely read books by schoolchildren around the world. Anne and her mother eventually died in Nazi camps.
The memorial, expected to open in late summer or early fall, will be next to a bicycle and pedestrian pathway in a wooded park beside the Boise River, which is popular among residents for fishing and inner-tubing.
It will be near an existing literary centre, library, art museum, amphitheater and the state university.
Idaho's efforts to raise money for the Anne Frank memorial have drawn notice in the New York Times and newspapers in Germany and England. Donors range from large international corporations to school children contributing change.
Hewlett-Packard Co. and Albertson's Inc. each contributed $50,000. The biggest contributor is Greg Carr, an Idaho native and high-tech entrepreneur who gave $500,000, half to finance construction and the other half to the educational endowment. (HWP.N) (ABS.N)
AP Corrects Aryan Compound Story
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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The Associated Press incorrectly reported March 7 that Greg Carr, a businessman who purchased an Idaho property once owned by the Aryan Nations, was a founder of the 12-year-old Prodigy Internet service. Carr, who plans to turn the property into a human rights center, joined Prodigy in 1996 and is a former chairman.
Univ. Gets Former Neo-Nazi Land
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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A former Aryan Nations compound has been donated to a college foundation to operate as a peace park, officials said Monday.
``North Idaho College has long served as a beacon for human rights in Idaho,'' school president Michael Burke said. ``This gift will allow us to continue that tradition.''
The 20-acre lakeside property was owned by a neo-Nazi group until September, when the group lost the land in a lawsuit brought by two people who said compound members assaulted them.
The Carr Foundation then bought the property, valued last year at $250,000. Some of the buildings were destroyed by firefighters last summer as part of training exercises.
Gregory C. Carr is former chairman of Prodigy Inc., an Internet dial-up service and Web portal, and co-founder of Boston Technology.
Idaho's Anne Frank Memorial Unveiled
.c The Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Human rights advocates and state officials Friday dedicated the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, a counterpoint to the state's reputation as a home to white separatists.
The $1.5-million riverside memorial features a reflective pond, waterfalls and an amphitheater. But the centerpiece is a bronze statue of Anne Frank peering out from the window of the attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis.
The Jewish teenager died in a concentration camp, but her diary became an enduring account of the Holocaust.
``We understand this space not as a memorial to the dead or to the past, but as a sentinel - keeping vigil for human rights and inspiring and challenging us to keep that vigil today, and tomorrow, and every day in Idaho,'' said the Rev. Nancy Taylor, former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Boise.
Idaho, the longtime home of the Aryan Nations and other white separatist groups, began planning the memorial in 1995.
``We've got to understand that there's great wisdom and great value in different cultures,'' said philanthropist and Idaho native Greg Carr, whose foundation donated $500,000 to the Boise memorial.
On the Net:
Idaho Human Rights Education Center: http://www.idaho-humanrights.org
08/16/02 19:33 EDT
Copyright 2002 The Associated Press.