Meet Our Board

Board 2019-02-27T17:00:31-04:00
Jim Zidar, Founder and CEO

Jim Zidar, Founder + CEO

Jim has spent nearly a decade building and selling operational improvement solutions into international brands in a wide variety of service industries, including food & beverage, sports, retail, entertainment, and health and fitness. As CEO and founder of 2 technology companies, Jim has led his teams in successfully developing and launching custom mobile solutions for McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Anytime Fitness, the Carolina Hurricanes, O2 Fitness and many other large-scale brands. Jim began his career as an auditor for Johnson Lambert in Chicago and holds a BS in Accounting, Finance and Entrepreneurship from NC State (Go Pack!). He is a Triangle-native and extremely active in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, including being a member of CED’s Development Committee.

Jim Zidar, Founder + CEO

Jim Zidar, Founder + CEO

Jim has spent nearly a decade building and selling operational improvement solutions into international brands in a wide variety of service industries, including food & beverage, sports, retail, entertainment, and health and fitness. As CEO and founder of 2 technology companies, Jim has led his teams in successfully developing and launching custom mobile solutions for McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Anytime Fitness, the Carolina Hurricanes, O2 Fitness and many other large-scale brands. Jim began his career as an auditor for Johnson Lambert in Chicago and holds a BS in Accounting, Finance and Entrepreneurship from NC State (Go Pack!). He is a Triangle-native and extremely active in the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, including being a member of
CED’s Development Committee.

Jim Zidar, Founder and CEO

Alex Bloom, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Alex Bloom is a seasoned technology executive, twice serving as CEO and once as COO at growth companies.  Most recently, Mr. Bloom was Chief Executive Officer and President of WebAssign, taking it to a successful acquisition by Cengage Learning in 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Bloom developed and executed the strategies that led to 45% revenue growth, 62% EBITDA growth, and successful exit. Prior to WebAssign he was CEO at VC-funded mobile app store Handango, which he sold to Appia, then joined as COO.   He brings more than 25 years of business experience spanning the education technology and mobile/wireless sectors, with the last 12 spent growing and scaling mid-size technology companies, and leading them to achieve unprecedented market presence, revenue growth, and profitability. Currently, he leverages his CEO experience and two successful exists to advise and consult startups on leadership development, SaaS sales and corporate structure. In addition to Epifany, Mr. Bloom has been involved with Netsertive (digital marketing platform), Participate (ed tech), Broadvine (hospitality tech), daVinci (ed tech), and MobiCompete (mobile rewards platform).

Jim Zidar, Founder + CEO

Alex Bloom, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Alex Bloom is a seasoned technology executive, twice serving as CEO and once as COO at growth companies.  Most recently, Mr. Bloom was Chief Executive Officer and President of WebAssign, taking it to a successful acquisition by Cengage Learning in 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Bloom developed and executed the strategies that led to 45% revenue growth, 62% EBITDA growth, and successful exit. Prior to WebAssign he was CEO at VC-funded mobile app store Handango, which he sold to Appia, then joined as COO.   He brings more than 25 years of business experience spanning the education technology and mobile/wireless sectors, with the last 12 spent growing and scaling mid-size technology companies, and leading them to achieve unprecedented market presence, revenue growth, and profitability. Currently, he leverages his CEO experience and two successful exists to advise and consult startups on leadership development, SaaS sales and corporate structure. In addition to Epifany, Mr. Bloom has been involved with Netsertive (digital marketing platform), Participate (ed tech), Broadvine (hospitality tech), daVinci (ed tech), and MobiCompete (mobile rewards platform).

Jim Zidar, Founder and CEO

Jan Davis, Board Member

Ms. Jan Davis is Managing Partner of Davis Growth Partners and serves as an active investor, board member and advisor for companies in software, analytics, digital marketing, information and drowning prevention.  She is on the Screening Committee for the Carolina Angel Network, an active investor in and past president of Triangle Angel Partners, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at UNC.  She also chairs the Investment Committee for the non-profit Launch Place Seed Fund in Danville VA.  As CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting, from 2004  to 2008, Davis led the company to profitability. She brings more than 25 years leading growth and transformation with a focus on commercializing innovative new technologies that drive value for companies in technology-enabled services, database and interactive marketing, and information. Ms. Davis has extensive expertise in strategy, marketing and social media, and human capital management.

Jim Zidar, Founder + CEO

Jan Davis, Board Member

Ms. Jan Davis is Managing Partner of Davis Growth Partners and serves as an active investor, board member and advisor for companies in software, analytics, digital marketing, information and drowning prevention.  She is on the Screening Committee for the Carolina Angel Network, an active investor in and past president of Triangle Angel Partners, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at UNC.  She also chairs the Investment Committee for the non-profit Launch Place Seed Fund in Danville VA.  As CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting, from 2004  to 2008, Davis led the company to profitability. She brings more than 25 years leading growth and transformation with a focus on commercializing innovative new technologies that drive value for companies in technology-enabled services, database and interactive marketing, and information. Ms. Davis has extensive expertise in strategy, marketing and social media, and human capital management.

Jim Zidar, Founder and CEO

Ric Richards, Board Member

Mr. Ric Richards is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 40 years of experience across the healthcare, medical, and restaurant industries. As the former owner/operator of 10+ McDonald’s restaurants, he developed and implemented programs that were regularly adopted nationally. His leadership expertise was further recognized with positions on the National Leadership Council, servicing the People, Food and Brand Trust Team. During his 17 year tenure on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham Wake, he applied his experience in change management and operational excellence to restructure the board for strategic growth and spearheaded $7M in capital fundraising to double the service reach of the House. In addition to Epifany, Mr. Richards has also served on the Duke University Children’s Hospital Advisory Board.

Jim Zidar, Founder + CEO

Ric Richards, Board Member

Mr. Ric Richards is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 40 years of experience across the healthcare, medical, and restaurant industries. As the former owner/operator of 10+ McDonald’s restaurants, he developed and implemented programs that were regularly adopted nationally. His leadership expertise was further recognized with positions on the National Leadership Council, servicing the People, Food and Brand Trust Team. During his 17 year tenure on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham Wake, he applied his experience in change management and operational excellence to restructure the board for strategic growth and spearheaded $7M in capital fundraising to double the service reach of the House. In addition to Epifany, Mr. Richards has also served on the Duke University Children’s Hospital Advisory Board.