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PJ Inc.

June 24, 2009 08:30 ET

@aquila Inc. Acquires PJ Inc. Public Relations and Rebrands @aquila Consulting as Coriolis Partners

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - @aquila, Inc., a global holding company consisting of leading organizations in technology and b2b services announces it has acquired PJ Inc., the New York based public relations and marketing firm, known for its creative solutions and results in solving communications challenges. PJ Inc. founder and communications pundit, Pamela Johnston, remains as President of PJ Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of @aquila, Inc., guiding account strategy, client service, and account teams. PJ Inc. adds David Palmieri, Chairman, President and CEO of @aquila as acting CEO and introduces a new executive team comprised of leaders in technology, finance and business management. The firm continues to provide public relations, reputation management, social media and marketing services to a wide range of international clientele from its New York City offices.

As part of the acquisition, @aquila names Johnston Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing marketing for mIQ, a technology company focused on online interactions, and Coriolis Partners, a consulting firm consisting of the travel, hospitality and aviation industries' greatest minds as well as renowned marketing, finance, and technology thought leaders. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Totaling more than 90 team members in 12 countries, the @aquila portfolio of companies brings efficiencies and information intelligence to fast changing technology and interactions.

"Bringing PJ Inc. into the @aquila portfolio allows us both to unite the talents of our teams and bring greater efficiencies and innovations to clients," said David Palmieri, CEO of @aquila, Inc. "The addition of PJ Inc. adds substantial depth and enhances our portfolio to ensure the continual success of @aquila's short and long term strategies," continued Palmieri.

Coriolis Partners Launches with Industry Dream Team

As part of company expansion, @aquila also announces that its consulting subsidiary formerly known as @aquila Consulting, is being re-launched as Coriolis Partners, adding several consultants with highly specialized experience in aviation, hospitality and related services such as ecommerce, revenue management, business continuance and others. Since 1998 @aquila Consulting has provided executive level advisory, transactional and support services to a variety of industries, including telecommunications and mobile, healthcare, biotechnology, ecommerce, aviation, hospitality, and transportation. New executives at Coriolis Partners include: Loren Alexander, David Anderson, Chuck Barnhart, Andy Burger, Rosemarie Dubrowsky, Glenn Fernandez, Paulo Guedes, Chris Hardman, Brendan Hickman, Barry Humphreys, Steve Iliohan, Pamela Johnston, Erik Lagesen, Patrick Murphy, David Palmieri, Lydia Pearce, Pamela Streeter, Charlie Tarzian, and Martin Tyler-Bennett. A collective of leaders and legacies in their fields, Coriolis Partners is designed to move companies forward, fast.

"The Coriolis Partners team brings unrivaled expertise and insight to clients and I am excited to be part of this prestigious team," said Chuck Barnhart, Coriolis Partners Consultant.

About @aquila, Inc.

Operating in more than 12 countries, @aquila is a holding company with subsidiary companies mIQ Interactive, Coriolis Partners and PJ Inc. @aquila gathers leading edge talent and innovative teams that mobilize change in the marketplace, in the boardroom and who create powerful engagement in both b2b and b2c arenas. For more information, visit www.ataquila.com

About PJ Inc.

PJ Inc. is a Manhattan-based public relations firm consistently sought out by top global brands for creative and strategic solutions. The firm is known for its seasoned media relationships, unconventional approach and for achieving the "impossible placements." Areas of expertise include travel & tourism, technology, b2b, e-commerce, lifestyle & luxury, fashion & beauty, business & finance, food & beverage, mergers & acquisitions and issues management. For more information, visit www.pjinc.net

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