SOURCE: Sullivan International Group

August 24, 2005 14:00 ET

Winning Workplaces and FSB: FORTUNE Small Business Name 2005 "Best Bosses" Finalists

Winners to Be Announced at September 20th Conference

EVANSTON, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2005 -- Winning Workplaces and FSB: FORTUNE Small Business magazine have selected Steven E. Sullivan, of Sullivan International Group Inc., San Diego, California, as one of 26 finalists in their third annual "Best Bosses" competition -- business leaders who have demonstrated resiliency and innovation in generating high-performance workplaces. The winners will be announced at a conference and celebration in Chicago on Sept. 20 and will be profiled in the October 2005 issue of FSB: FORTUNE Small Business. For more information on the event, which will feature small business leaders speaking on how they have achieved competitive advantage through workplace practices, please go to www.winningworkplaces.org/bestbossesevent. Tickets are available to the public.

The finalists represent a cross section of industries and company size, selected from a list of nominees and screened by a panel of Winning Workplaces' board members, FSB editors, academic and advisory leaders in entrepreneurship and previous Best Bosses winners. Winning Workplaces and FSB were looking for leaders who've created dynamic, flexible, and highly productive workplaces using interesting, even controversial, approaches.

"I'm thrilled to be selected as one of the finalists," said Mr. Sullivan. "Building a company culture that fully embraces our company Core Values has really helped us achieve some incredible goals. We know that to find the very best and talented people in each discipline, we need to aggressively seek them out in many different places and attract them to SULLIVAN by demonstrating that their individual contribution to our company will be valued. We also simply believe that promoting diversity makes us a better, smarter, and stronger company. Valuing these differences and contributions of each individual fosters an environment where the best business ideas and results surface. Being able to help my employees be successful and continue to grow this great company at the pace we are is an honor and a privilege I don't take lightly -- I fully understand that our employees are the most valuable asset we have and have been the key to our stable and substantial growth."

About Sullivan International Group, Inc.

SULLIVAN is a rapidly growing professional services company providing engineering, logistics, and technology services. SULLIVAN is an SBA-certified 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned company, focused on providing cost-effective engineering and advanced technology solutions for both commercial and government clients throughout the United States. www.onesullivan.com

Presented by Winning Workplaces and FSB, the event is sponsored in part by Charles Schwab and U.S. Trust, the presenting sponsor; CareerBuilder.com, the career search partner; CDW, the technology partner; and Clough Capital Partners, L.P., Strategic Talent Solutions, Madison Dearborn Partners, East Side Capital Corp., International Profit Associates and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

About Winning Workplaces

Winning Workplaces is a national nonprofit that helps small and midsize enterprises -- the cornerstone of the American economy -- create great workplaces. Research and practice show that people-friendly workplaces are better for employees, profitability, and society at large. Based in Evanston, Illinois, Winning Workplaces offers expert and affordable consulting, training, and toolkits; the "Best Bosses" recognition program; and a free online newsletter and clearinghouse on best practices for workplaces: www.winningworkplaces.org.

About FORTUNE Small Business

FORTUNE Small Business is edited and published by Time Inc., and is circulated in partnership with American Express. One million small business owners receive the magazine through a special offer, as a benefit of their membership in the American Express OPEN small business network. FSB publishes 10 issues a year, and is available at selected newsstands and bookstores. Each issue provides hard-hitting, informative, inspiring coverage of the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy -- small business.

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