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Willow Creek's Mike Gold to Join Shelby Systems

Shelby Systems is pleased to announce that Mike Gold, the former chief information officer (CIO) at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois, will join the Shelby Systems team as the director of technology development.  Gold will report directly to CEO Frank Canady.  The current director of technology development, Steve Pruitt, will transition to director of customer services, spearheading efforts of an increased focus on serving customers.  These changes become effective on March 29, 2010.

Shelby Systems, www.shelbyinc.com , located in Cordova, Tennessee, provides management software designed for faith-based organizations such as churches, denominational headquarters, and other non-profit groups. An innovator in the field of church management software since the 1970s, the company currently services over 8,500 customers in more than 40 countries.

“We are very pleased to bring Mike on board,” Canady said. “His experience and extensive network within the church community will be invaluable as Shelby Systems looks to continue our long heritage of building innovative software.  Mike will be a key player as we continue our mission of providing faith-based organizations with technology solutions to optimize their ministries.”

Gold has served in technology roles at Willow Creek since 1996.  In his most recent position of CIO, he led all aspects of computer and telecommunication technology. Under his leadership of 20 staff members and 70 volunteers, the technology department was responsible for creating long term strategy for technology innovation, technical support, infrastructure and software development.  Gold earned his BA from Trinity International University.

“I am extremely humbled by the opportunities that have been laid out before me at Shelby Systems”, Mike Gold says.  “I believe that the tasks set before us are enormous, but very exciting.  I will strive to bring a ‘can-do’ spirit and continuously and passionately look to drive innovation.”

The addition of Mike Gold is a testament to Shelby Systems’ commitment to its customers and to continual improvement.  In his new role, Gold will establish the company’s technical vision and lead all aspects of the company’s technological development.  His department’s core responsibilities will include programming, quality assurance, customer conversions, and information technology.  Gold will focus both on enhancements to existing products as well as the introduction of new product lines to meet the needs of churches and non-profit organizations.

“I come ready to roll up my sleeves and serve, and I sincerely pray that our every effort will bring humble service to faith communities all over the world,” says Gold.

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