August 17, 2005 12:57 ET Names Tom Nelson Managing Director

Investor Relations Expert to Head Road Show Operations

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 17, 2005 -- President and CEO Bill Lane yesterday announced the appointment of Tom Nelson, a long-time investor relations professional, to Managing Director of the firm's Phoenix operations.

Nelson recently served as Managing Director of a local investment banking firm specializing in small to mid-size publicly traded companies. Nelson said the move was to facilitate his passion for investor relations.

"Quite honestly, I missed investor relations," he confesses. "There's nothing like being able to help a company tell its story face-to-face with the investment community."

Helping public companies tell their story is precisely what Nelson hopes to do at A self described, "road show specialist," Nelson will be coordinating opportunities for's clients to meet with members of the investment community. Nelson hopes to facilitate meetings that will create market awareness of their company to brokers, institutional investors and analysts. These meetings provide additional opportunities to interact with the investment community and establish mutually productive relationships.

"Fifty percent of the job is getting the client in the door," Nelson said. "The other 50 percent is their ability to talk about their company and answer important questions, that's where we can assist clients as well."

Nelson's more than 20 years of experience in the investment community leaves little doubt to his effectiveness. The Long Island native and former football standout at Nassau Community College decided to hang up his cleats after a stint with several semi-professional teams and enter the world of finance, where he worked as a broker for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and American Express Financial Advisors.

"With Tom's experience, attitude and tremendous work ethic, I have absolutely no doubt that he'll provide great value to all of our clients," Lane said. "Our clients will benefit from his relationships in the investment community and his ability to help smaller public companies raise their profile in the investment community."

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