October 31, 2006 10:00 ET

Award-Winning Internet Service Provider Celebrates 10 Years in Agoura Hills

AGOURA HILLS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 31, 2006 --In 1996, Drew Kaplan and Robert Johnson launched an Internet Service Provider in Westlake Village occupying about 1,400 square-feet of office space. A decade later, ISWest occupies over 10,000 square-feet with plans to double in size in the coming year.

Today, the multi-million-dollar business celebrates its 10th anniversary as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles, with a commitment to delivering the best customer care in the Internet Service industry. Reaching the 10-year mark is a major milestone for ISWest, considering at least 50 percent of businesses fail within the first two years, according to experts.

"Time flies when you're having fun," says Drew J. Kaplan, ISWest CEO/CFO. "I was born and bred as an Entrepreneur and love to build companies, this one especially."

Over the past several years the business has acquired six additional ISPs, making ISWest the largest Internet Service Provider in Ventura County. Earning a reputation as the premier business-to-business ISP in Southern California, ISWest expects business to continue expanding over the next 5 years.

ISWest's success is based on an accumulation of talented employees, dependable vendors, strategic partners and a healthy desire to be the best of breed amongst its peers and competitors.

In addition to monetary growth, ISWest has reaped a wealth of honors. This year, the company placed 16th on the Top 50 fastest growing technology companies in L.A. by Deloitte, one of the nation's leading professional services firms that has ranked ISWest on the Top 50 for four consecutive years. The Pacific Coast Business Times also named ISWest the largest ISP in Conejo Valley for 2006.

Flashback to 1996: Drew Kaplan met businessman Robert Johnson, a successful entrepreneur in the field of telecommunications and computers. The two hit it off, and launched ISWest with the combined foundation of Johnson's technical smarts and Kaplan's wits for sales and marketing and vision for the future.

"10 years? No it can't be! Wasn't it just yesterday that we started providing services over something called the Internet?" exclaims Robert Johnson, ISWest President/CTO. "Building this company continues to be all about teamwork, and I couldn't have asked for a better business partner, friend, and team builder."

About ISWest

ISWest prides itself on providing customers with the most reliable business-class broadband Internet service and server co-location services available. For more information, contact Drew Kaplan at ISWest, 818-735-3000; toll-free at 877-735-1500; or go on the web at

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