SOURCE: Big Apple Worldwide, Inc.

August 01, 2006 08:00 ET

Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. Appoints Former Steelcase, Inc. and Omnova Solutions, Inc. Executive to the Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2006 --Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: BPWW) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Gary T. Rizzo to the Company's Board of Directors. Gary Rizzo is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Elabrient Surfaces, a division of Big Apple Worldwide. Elabrient Surfaces is a commercial interior design development and manufacturing company specializing in commercial wallcovering.

Prior to founding Elabrient Surfaces, Gary Rizzo held executive management positions with several New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed companies. Mr. Rizzo formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Muraspec North America, Executive Vice President of JM Lynne Company, Inc. (a Steelcase, Inc. company), and as the Director of International Sales and Marketing for Omnova Solutions, Inc. Mr. Rizzo holds his BBA from City University of New York's Baruch College and a MBA from Manhattan College.

"We are very pleased to add Gary Rizzo, along with his extensive knowledge and expertise, to our Big Apple Worldwide team. We believe that Mr. Rizzo's professionalism and experience will have a positive and long lasting impact on the future of our company," stated Neal Jablon, President of Big Apple Worldwide, Inc.

Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. recently announced that their wholly owned subsidiary, Big Apple Wallcovering, Inc., has received a purchase order to furnish custom wallcoverings for Bloomingdale's stores. Bloomingdale's currently has 36 stores throughout the country.

About Big Apple Worldwide, Inc.:

Big Apple Worldwide, Inc. (www.bigappleworldwide.com) is a holding company focused on serving the hospitality and leisure market. Big Apple Wallcovering, Inc. (www.bigapplewallcovering.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Apple Worldwide and has inspired the Architecture and Design community with cutting-edge design and the manufacturing of architectural wallcovering and fabrics for hospitality, private offices and commercial interiors. Big Apple Wallcovering, Inc. also owns Elabrient Surfaces, LLC, which is a commercial interior design development and manufacturing company specializing in commercial wallcovering. Big Apple Travel, Inc. (www.bigappletravel.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Apple Worldwide, Inc., is a full service travel agency and features a next generation travel salon in Orlando, Florida.

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