Experienced Entrepreneur Allen Walker Joins Arrangeonline.com

Veteran Who Led High-Growth Software Firms Offers Investment,

Expertise to Web Startup



Apr 01, 2001, 00:00 ET from Arrangeonline.com

    HOUSTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ - Arrangeonline.com, the world's largest
 publisher of online obituaries, announced today that T. Allen Walker, a
 veteran software executive who led two companies through remarkable growth
 cycles, has joined the Web publisher as an investor and advisor.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001218/HSM024LOGO )
     Walker, who rose from doing telephone technical support for DacEasy
 software to become Chief Operating Officer of the highly touted developer of
 accounting and business software, said Arrangeonline.com represents "the best
 opportunity I've seen in a long time. We all know there's lots of uncertainty
 about Web ventures out there, but this is a 'dot com' with valuable data that
 will become more valuable over time and a real strategy for success.  I look
 forward to getting involved."
     Walker will serve as an advisor to Arrangeonline.com CEO Nadine Smith and
 is expected to join the Board of Managers of the startup's parent company,
 Final Arrangements, LLC.  He also has made a substantial investment in the
 venture, although the precise level of his funding was not disclosed.
     "We are extremely fortunate to have the benefit of Allen's experience,"
 Smith said in announcing Walker's new role.  "He has directed all aspects of
 software operations, from technical development and customer support to
 marketing, network operations and after-market sales.  Allen has done it all.
 This is a remarkable vote of confidence."
     Walker, 40, of Plano, Tex., joined DacEasy after earning a B.S. in
 Computer Science from University of North Texas in 1985.  He ascended through
 the ranks to Vice President of Customer Service, then Vice President of
 Research and Development and, in 1994, was named Chief Operating Officer and
 Divisional Vice President of the company, which by that time had been sold to
 U.K.-based Sage Group, the world's leading supplier of accounting, payroll and
 business software to small- and medium-size businesses.
     In 1997, Walker left DacEasy to become COO of Ibertech, Inc., developer of
 the industry-leading Aloha family of software products for managing
 restaurants and the food-service operations of hotels, stadiums and resorts.
 In one year, Walker and his management team grew the company from 60 to 140
 employees and revenues from $5.5 million to $14 million.
     Three years ago, Walker "retired" to his home in Plano to take care of the
 children, keep house and enable his wife to fulfill a lifelong goal of
 finishing college.  While looking after the family and his investments, he
 acquired an abandoned jail in the old Victorian center of fast-growing
 McKinney, Texas, and turned it into a popular restaurant named Prison Bars and
 Grill, where patrons dine in the reconstructed comfort of a former jail cell.
 Walker is an active venture capitalist and has made a number of investments in
 addition to his interest in Arrangeonline.com.
     Arrangeonline.com was launched in October 2000 to provide a single place
 on the Web where people can find and read the obituaries of their loved ones,
 regardless of where they lived or when the death occurred.  The firm's
 National Obituary Archive now contains more than 45 million current and
 historical obituaries and death records, and hundreds of new obituaries are
 added daily.  The venture has the exclusive endorsement of the National
 Funeral Directors Association and is the principal provider of obituaries to
 America Online (AOL Keyword: Arrangeonline).
     Arrangeonline.com, Inc. is a subsidiary of Continental Computer Corp. of
 Jonesboro, Ark., producer of the leading software for managing funerals and
 funeral homes.  Continental's best-selling software package, The Director's
 Assistant for Windows, processes 43 percent of the 2.4 million deaths in the
 United States each year and provides a single-click upload to enable funeral
 directors to send their obituaries directly to http://www.Arrangeonline.com .
 
 

SOURCE Arrangeonline.com
    HOUSTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ - Arrangeonline.com, the world's largest
 publisher of online obituaries, announced today that T. Allen Walker, a
 veteran software executive who led two companies through remarkable growth
 cycles, has joined the Web publisher as an investor and advisor.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001218/HSM024LOGO )
     Walker, who rose from doing telephone technical support for DacEasy
 software to become Chief Operating Officer of the highly touted developer of
 accounting and business software, said Arrangeonline.com represents "the best
 opportunity I've seen in a long time. We all know there's lots of uncertainty
 about Web ventures out there, but this is a 'dot com' with valuable data that
 will become more valuable over time and a real strategy for success.  I look
 forward to getting involved."
     Walker will serve as an advisor to Arrangeonline.com CEO Nadine Smith and
 is expected to join the Board of Managers of the startup's parent company,
 Final Arrangements, LLC.  He also has made a substantial investment in the
 venture, although the precise level of his funding was not disclosed.
     "We are extremely fortunate to have the benefit of Allen's experience,"
 Smith said in announcing Walker's new role.  "He has directed all aspects of
 software operations, from technical development and customer support to
 marketing, network operations and after-market sales.  Allen has done it all.
 This is a remarkable vote of confidence."
     Walker, 40, of Plano, Tex., joined DacEasy after earning a B.S. in
 Computer Science from University of North Texas in 1985.  He ascended through
 the ranks to Vice President of Customer Service, then Vice President of
 Research and Development and, in 1994, was named Chief Operating Officer and
 Divisional Vice President of the company, which by that time had been sold to
 U.K.-based Sage Group, the world's leading supplier of accounting, payroll and
 business software to small- and medium-size businesses.
     In 1997, Walker left DacEasy to become COO of Ibertech, Inc., developer of
 the industry-leading Aloha family of software products for managing
 restaurants and the food-service operations of hotels, stadiums and resorts.
 In one year, Walker and his management team grew the company from 60 to 140
 employees and revenues from $5.5 million to $14 million.
     Three years ago, Walker "retired" to his home in Plano to take care of the
 children, keep house and enable his wife to fulfill a lifelong goal of
 finishing college.  While looking after the family and his investments, he
 acquired an abandoned jail in the old Victorian center of fast-growing
 McKinney, Texas, and turned it into a popular restaurant named Prison Bars and
 Grill, where patrons dine in the reconstructed comfort of a former jail cell.
 Walker is an active venture capitalist and has made a number of investments in
 addition to his interest in Arrangeonline.com.
     Arrangeonline.com was launched in October 2000 to provide a single place
 on the Web where people can find and read the obituaries of their loved ones,
 regardless of where they lived or when the death occurred.  The firm's
 National Obituary Archive now contains more than 45 million current and
 historical obituaries and death records, and hundreds of new obituaries are
 added daily.  The venture has the exclusive endorsement of the National
 Funeral Directors Association and is the principal provider of obituaries to
 America Online (AOL Keyword: Arrangeonline).
     Arrangeonline.com, Inc. is a subsidiary of Continental Computer Corp. of
 Jonesboro, Ark., producer of the leading software for managing funerals and
 funeral homes.  Continental's best-selling software package, The Director's
 Assistant for Windows, processes 43 percent of the 2.4 million deaths in the
 United States each year and provides a single-click upload to enable funeral
 directors to send their obituaries directly to http://www.Arrangeonline.com .
 
 SOURCE  Arrangeonline.com