SOURCE: Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc.

September 24, 2006 23:00 ET

Thomas Weisel Partners Hosts Annual Consumer Conference

Investment Conference Will Focus on Consumer Trends

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 24, 2006 --Thomas Weisel Partners (NASDAQ: TWPG), an investment bank focused on the growth sectors of the economy, will host its 3rd Annual Consumer Conference, September 25-26, 2006 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York. Institutional investors and executive management from over 60 consumer companies will gather for the two-day investment conference to discuss recent trends in the consumer industry.

The conference will include companies from the following sectors: retail, restaurants, branded apparel and footwear, e-commerce, and hospitality.

Keynotes during the conference include an industry presentation by Marvin Traub, President of Marvin Traub Associates and former CEO and Chairman of Bloomingdales, and Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst of The NPD Group. A full list of company participants follows:

Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc.
Ambassadors Group, Inc.
America's Car-Mart, Inc.
Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.
Benihana, Inc.
Blue Nile, Inc.
Boyd Gaming Corporation
Bravo! Foods International
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Buca, Inc.
Cabela's Inc.
Cache, Inc.
Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
CarMax, Inc.
Coinstar, Inc.
Collectors Universe, Inc.
Collegiate Pacific Inc.
Columbia Sportswear Company
Conn's, Inc.
Crocs, Inc.
Elephant Bar Restaurants
G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.
Gaiam, Inc.
Garmin Ltd
Genesco Inc.
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
H&R Block, Inc.
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
IHOP Corp.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.
K2 Inc.
Kona Grill Inc.
Liberty Tax Service
Life Time Fitness, Inc.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
Lithia Motors
Live Nation
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc.
Monro Muffler Brake, Inc.
Morgan's Hotel Group Co.
MRU Holdings
Not Your Average Joe's
O'Charley's Inc.
Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc.
QC Holdings, Inc.
RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
Realogy Corporation
Red Lion Hotels Corporation
Select Comfort Corporation
ServiceMaster Company
ShareBuilder Corporation
Standard Parking Corporation
Summer Infant, Inc.
Sur La Table, Inc.
Tractor Supply Company
True Religion Apparel, Inc.
TurboChef Technologies, Inc.
UnitedAuto Group
VF Corporation
Volcom, Inc.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
Wyndham Worldwide
Wynn Resorts, Ltd.
Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc. is an investment bank focused principally on the technology, healthcare and consumer sectors of the economy. Founded in 1998, the firm's business includes investment banking, brokerage, equity research and asset management services. Thomas Weisel Partners is headquartered in San Francisco, California with additional offices in New York City, Boston, Silicon Valley and Mumbai, India.

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