MIAMI and MANILA, Philippines, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Epixtar
Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: EPXR), a global teleservices provider, announces
the appointment of a high profile Philippine Advisory Board. The Philippine
Advisory Board's Chairman Gregory Domingo, former Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) undersecretary, is well recognized as being a driving force for
raising the profile of the Philippines within the IT-Enabled Services (ITES)
and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sectors.
The principal objectives of the Philippine Advisory Board will be to have
these distinguished industry and business leaders contribute, support and
advise on the strategic growth direction of Epixtar's BPO operations in the
Ilene Kaminsky, chairman and CEO of Epixtar Corp. commented, "We are proud
to have assembled such a dynamic Advisory Board comprised of key business and
political leaders who are highly accomplished and respected in the
Philippines. The Philippines has emerged as a leader in the BPO industry and
the Board's wealth of knowledge within each of their respected industries will
be a major contributor to our Company's success. We believe this team will
help us navigate the waters of culture and commerce."
In October 2002, the DTI commissioned a study from research and consulting
firm Gartner, Inc., which forecasted that the global outsourced IT-enabled
service business will reach approximately US$800 billion by 2005.
"We are honored to have the Advisory Board's commitment and support of our
objective to become a leading provider of global call center services, while
sharing our vision of being a socially responsible firm," concluded Kaminsky.
Each newly appointed member of Epixtar's Advisory Board for the
Philippines' operations has achieved great success within each of their
respective industries and represent key sectors that can contribute to the
The Philippine Advisory Board includes:
Gregory Domingo, (Chairman), former undersecretary Department of Trade &
Industry (DTI). Prior to joining the public sector, Mr. Domingo was president
of Carmelray-JTCI Corp. (CJC), a joint venture with Singapore's Jurong Town
Corp (JTC), which developed one of the Philippines' premier industrial parks.
Before that, he held key positions with a number of leading U.S. financial
institutions and was Managing Director/Treasurer of Chase Manhattan Bank in
Manila. Domingo holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Business
Management (with Distinction) from the Asian Institute of Management, and a
Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila
Roberto Castillo, former president of the Philippine Industrial Estates
Association and former partner with SGV & Co. Currently, Mr. Castillo is a
Director of The Netherlands Insurance Company in the Philippines, CIGC
Corporation, Carmelray-JTCI Corporation, Somerset Hospitality Holdings Phils
and Ascott Hospitality Holdings, SQ Resources Inc. His finance background
will assist Epixtar in cultivating key relationships in the finance and
Bienvenido Laguesma, senior partner at the Laguesma Magsalin Consulta &
Gastardo Law Offices. From 1976 to 2001, Mr. Laguesma worked at the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), holding various positions within
the department. He served as Secretary of DOLE from June 1998 to January
2001. From November 1996 to January 1998, Mr. Laguesma served with the Office
of the President of the Republic of the Philippines as a Presidential
Assistant. Mr. Laguesma has an extensive background in public administration,
labor laws and social legislation, non-government and government networking.
His extensive knowledge and contacts will help propel Epixtar's efforts to
grow its business within the legal sector as well as guide the Company in its
effort to maintain its reputation as the employer of choice in the call center
Jack Madrid, vice president and general manager of MTV Philippines. Prior
to his position with MTV Philippines, Mr. Madrid was a Managing Director at
Ayala Corporation and was responsible for venture capital and new business
development activities. Mr. Madrid's knowledge and expertise of the media
sector will help foster key partnerships for Epixtar in this industry.
Dr. Lydia Balatbat-Echauz, president and Board member of the Far Eastern
University. Dr. Balatbat-Echauz was appointed the tenth president FEU in
2002. She currently serves of the Board of FEU-East Asia College, FERN Realty
Corporation, Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation, Nicanor Reyes Memorial
Foundation, Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities and the
Association of Women Presidents/Chancellors of Private Colleges and
Universities. While on Epixtar's Board, Dr. Balatbat-Echauz will assist the
Company to develop key relationships within the educational sector.
Roberto Antonio, vice-chairman of Right Eight Security Agency, Inc. and
president of RVA International Trading Corporation. From 1998 to 2002, Mr.
Antonio was former undersecretary of the Department of Tourism. Mr. Antonio
will focus on helping Epixtar growth its business within the culture and arts
Francisco (Paco) Sandejas, founder and managing partner of Narra Venture
Capital, which invests in early-stage high-technology companies in the
semiconductors, communications, computing, and software engineering
industries. Dr. Sandejas' technology background will be an instrumental
resource for Epixtar within the technology sector.
Currently, Epixtar operates four call center facilities in the Philippines
-- its flagship center is located in Eastwood CyberPark, with centers in
Filinvest Corporate City and Makati. The company just opened a fourth center
in the Clark Special Economic Zone
About Epixtar Corp. & Voxx Corporation
Epixtar Corp., based in Miami, Florida, is the parent company of Voxx
Corporation (Voxx). Voxx, Epixtar's most active subsidiary, is a business
process outsourcing (BPO) company -- aggregating contact center capacity and
robust telephony infrastructure to deliver comprehensive, turnkey services to
the enterprise market. From campaign design through ongoing management,
Epixtar delivers value-driven, creative outsourcing solutions for customer
relationship management (CRM) and telesales initiatives for its customers.
Clients use the Company's marketing expertise and well-trained personnel to
acquire, support, and enhance the customer experience, reduce costs and
generate top-line revenue.
Epixtar/Voxx currently maintains seven contact centers in the Philippines
and the United States with developmental plans for additional centers over the
next 24 months.
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