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is recognized as a pioneer in the high-tech industry who created the contact manager ACT!
Sage ACT! is a customer relationship management software application which is used to keep track of client and prospect details in a single database that can be shared by multiple users...
. Sullivan was named as one of the “80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History” in 1998 by the magazine Sales & Marketing Management http://www.salesandmarketing.com/smm/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1201846
among the ranks of Henry Ford
Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry...
, Walt Disney
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, Jack Welch
John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. is an American chemical engineer, business executive, and author. He was Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001...
, Donald Trump
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, and Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. Gates is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen...
Pat Sullivan started Contact Software in Dallas, Texas
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States...
in 1986. With his friend Mike Muhney and two programmers, Randy Haben and John Maurer, the team developed the first commercial version of the contact manager ACT!. In 1993, ACT! was acquired by Symantec
Symantec Corporation is the largest maker of security software for computers. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 stock market index.-History:...
. In 1995, Pat Sullivan founded the sales automation company SalesLogix. In 1999, SalesLogix Corp was renamed to Interact Commerce Corporation and ACT! was reacquired from Symantec. In May 2001, Sage Group plc
The Sage Group plc , commonly known as Sage, is a global enterprise software company headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. It is the world's third-largest supplier of enterprise resource planning software , the largest supplier to small businesses, and has 6.1 million customers...
acquired Interact Commerce Corporation http://info.saleslogix.com/PressReleases.cfm?prID=110&DivID=1,2®ionID=1&year=2002,2001&TID=2
In 2005, Pat Sullivan launched Jigsaw Health and published the book Wellness piece by piece
in an effort to help the 125 million Americans suffering from chronic health conditions.
- Wellness Piece by Piece: How a Successful Entrepreneur Discovered the Pieces to His Chronic Health Puzzle. Health Press, 2005, ISBN 0-929173-46-5