SARASOTA, Fla., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sunovia Energy Technologies /quotes/zigman/495125 SUNV +16.67% announced today that Burton "Skip" Sack has joined the company's board of directors. Sack was the Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association during the 2004-2005 term. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Marine Corps Association and is a life member of the Cornell University Council.
Burton "Skip" Sack served in the United States Marine Corps in Japan, Korea and Okinawa, and received an honorable discharge in 1957 with the rank of Sergeant. In 1961, Sack graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation, Sack began his business career with Howard Johnson's as an Advertising Assistant, and by 1967 had worked his way to the position of General Manager of Howard Johnson's Fast Food Service Division. Through a leveraged buyout, Sack acquired the Red Coach Grill Division of Howard Johnson's, a chain of 15 dinner house restaurants.
In 1984, Sack gained the New England franchise rights for Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar Restaurants, and in 1986 opened the first Applebee's in the New England area in Newton, Massachusetts. In October, 1994, Sack merged his company (on a pooling of interest basis) with Applebee's International, Inc., the franchisor. At the time of the merger, Sack's company, Pub Ventures of New England, Inc., operated 14 Applebee's restaurants in three New England States and had two under construction. Upon completion of the merger, Sack became the Executive Vice President of Applebee's International, Inc. and joined the company's board of directors. He is a former member of several other restaurant chains.
Sunovia's Chief Executive Officer, Mel Interiano, stated, "Skip's vast experience in retail and franchising will be extremely important to our company in the immediate future. In addition, his reputation along with the strong relationships that he has built over his impressive career will be a tremendous asset as we continue to penetrate the retail markets. I am honored to welcome Skip to the board of directors of Sunovia."
Skip Sack stated, "I am pleased to join the board of Sunovia, and am impressed with the quality of both the LED lighting technology and the executive team that is now working to move this dynamic company forward. The LED industry appears to be poised for historic growth, and I believe that Sunovia's proprietary approach of "aiming light" at pre-designated target points provides the company with important advantages over the competition."
About Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.
Sunovia Energy Technologies is a clean-tech company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets LED lighting components and fixtures to the global lighting industry. Sunovia was recently awarded the United States Department of Energy's highest award for lighting within the LED category, and has installed thousands of its fixtures at military bases, universities, municipalities, and large commercial entities. Sunovia's LED lighting products are sold under the brand, EvoLucia Lighting ( www.evolucialighting.com ).
All EvoLucia products offer highly energy efficient, durable, commercial-grade LED lighting for outdoor applications, including parking garages, streets/highways, parking lots, landscaping and more. The company's award winning cobra head and shoe box fixtures employ EvoLucia's proprietary, patent-pending Aimed Optics(TM) technology, which increases light levels and visibility by strategically directing light to the target area. EvoLucia fixtures require 50%-80% less energy than traditional lighting, and last for approximately 12 years without maintenance.
More information about Sunovia Energy and its EvoLucia LED lighting subsidiary is available in the company's Securities and Exchange filings, which can be found at www.sec.gov or at www.sunoviaenergy.com .
Some of the statements made by Sunovia in this press release are forward-looking in nature. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Sunovia believes that its primary risk factors include, but are not limited to: development and maintenance of strategic acquisitions; domestic and international acceptance of our product lines; defending our intellectual property and proprietary rights; development of new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully completing commercial testing of new technologies and systems to support new products and services; and attracting and retaining qualified management and other personnel. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Sunovia's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.
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