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SIVAD Stakes Claim In Election Software

By Jenny Callison, posted May 9, 2014
Charles Davis, CFO/co-founder (photo by Mark Steelman)
As brothers, Ron and Charles Davis are used to collaborating about ideas.

“The way it works is that we have a good relationship on the business side,” said Charles Davis, CFO and co-founder, of SIVAD Business Solutions. “Ron handles the sales side of the business, and I run more of the financial business angle of the company … The bottom line is that Ron and I complement each other.”

The brothers established Wilmington-based SIVAD in 2009.

“I worked for corporate America and small businesses, and I saw the good and the bad,” said Ron Davis, the company’s CEO and co-founder. “I’ve always been a problem solver … I can see the inefficiencies in a process.”

Charles Davis said the firm was founded with a mission to identify and fix work processes that waste employee time, lower employee productivity and affect the bottom line.

One of the firm’s primary products is software geared toward local and state elections, Charles Davis said.

Ron Davis (shown left) said the firm’s software called EasyVote makes elections cheaper to run and faster to analyze – all while removing controversy from the results process. He added the software also addresses candidate filings, inventory management, early voting and poll worker management.

SIVAD’s software currently is used in over 60 jurisdictions with nearly 5 million potential voters throughout Georgia and the Carolinas, including much of metro Atlanta.

“We have multiple software offerings to different counties,” Charles Davis said. “We provide the tools and help accomplish the tasks to take care of that equipment.”

As the region and nation become more tech-savvy and area residents and politicos demand the processes for elections adapt to new advances, Ron Davis said his firm is set to
experience “explosive growth” over the coming years.

“We’re seeing that technology being used oversees,” he said. “We’re starting to see a lot of mobile devices and tablets being used in the elections process. It’s really, really touchy, but those platforms are being adopted over more archaic methods of voting equipment.”
Charles Davis said the difference between SIVAD and other election firms is the company focuses on the software, not the equipment.

“That’s key to all of this,” he said. “This is a problem, and we feel like we are making a change, helping everyone. This marketplace is worth $10 billion with everything included, and it’s very fragmented and has a lot of room to grow.”

Both Ron and Charles Davis said another component of their business is staying above the political fray.

“Everything we offer to customer is of value,” Ron Davis said. “We have established ourselves as an ethical company, and that keeps our clients coming back to us. The customers sell the product for us.”
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