History

Founded in 1994, Appriss is a privately-held company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Originally known as Interactive Systems and The VINE Company, Appriss was founded by Mike Davis and Yung Nguyen, who worked with Jefferson County, Kentucky government officials to develop the nation’s first automated victim information and notification system after the murder of Mary Byron by her former boyfriend in 1993.

The original VINE PC, circa 1994.

Davis and Nguyen unveiled VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) in Jefferson County exactly one year after Mary’s murder. Since then, more than 2,600 communities in 47 states have adopted Appriss technology and services.

Doug Cobb, who had served as the board chairman and as an advisor to Davis and Nguyen since the company’s founding, joined the company as CEO in 2000. The company’s name was changed again, this time to Appriss – a derivation of the word “apprise,” which means “to notify.”

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