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Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. Announces Appointments to its Board of Directors.

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CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 21, 2003

Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB OTCBB

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:UGHO UGHO Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc ) announced today the appointment of the following individuals to its Board of Directors: Michael J. Skellern, Dennis M. Cole and Thomas J. Pernice. The appointees collectively bring to the Company significant experience in Military, public industry, law enforcement and Government arenas, and all are outstanding members in their respective professional fields.

Michael J. Skellern, appointee APPOINTEE. A person who is appointed or selected for a particular purpose; as the appointee under a power, is the person who is to receive the benefit of the trust or power.  to UGHO Board of Directors, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Guardian Corporation and has more than 20 years of international executive management and defense consultancy experience. Also the founder and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Pacific International, Inc (PI), he has provided strategic business services, resulting in substantial international growth, for Fortune 100 companies, client roster including multi-national companies American Standard, Borden, Bosch, General Electric, Ingersoll Rand Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR) is a diversified industrial firm founded in 1871. The Ingersoll Rand name came into use in 1905 through the combination of Ingersoll-Sargeant Drill Company and Rand Drill Company.  and Sotheby's. PI's services include global joint venture and strategic partnership development, corporate re-structuring, financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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, as well as product and program development for Military, Government and commercial organizations.

Mr. Skellern has also been an active consultant in the defense sector regarding the development of non-lethal and special operations projects and their adoption and deployment, working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. government agency administered by the Department of Defense (see Defense, United States Department of). , Office of Naval Research The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia (Ballston), is the office within the U.S. Department of the Navy that coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the U.S.  and the Department of Defense Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program. Mr. Skellern served in the U.S. Army in the United States, Asia and Europe from 1967 to 1971.

Dennis M. Cole, appointee to UGHO Board of Directors, is the President and General Manager of UGHO's Special Weapons Group, and has an extensive 31 years' experience in the domestic and international law enforcement field in Special Operations, Training and Sales. Prior to joining Universal Guardian, Mr. Cole was a Captain on the San Diego County Sheriff's Department The San Diego County Sheriff's Department, commonly known as the SDSO, is the primary and largest law enforcement agency in San Diego County, California. It is composed of approximately 4,000 sworn deputies and civilian support personnel. , where he developed many of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) techniques currently used by law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  around the world, one being a technique of pre-event site assessment of high-risk targets. Further developing tactics for crisis resolution, he has collaborated with a wide array of Government agencies inclusive of the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Navy, Transportation Safeguards Division of the Department of Energy, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice charged with investigating all violations of federal laws except those assigned to some other federal agency. , Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Noun 1. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms - the law enforcement and tax collection agency of the Treasury Department that enforces federal laws concerning alcohol and tobacco products and firearms and explosives and arson
 and the National Institute of Justice. Previous postings include President of the Training Division of Jaycor Tactical Systems in San Diego, fireboat fire·boat  
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 captain in San Diego Harbor, Chief of Police for the City of Vista, California, Director of the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute at Miramar College and Commander of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT).

Recognized by the State of California as a subject matter expert in the application of non-lethal chemical agents, he has availed himself as an expert witness on crisis management, tactical resolution of high-risk incidents and the delivery of non-lethal chemical agents in federal, state and local courts, and is often called upon to consult on crisis management issues nationwide. Mr. Cole served in the US Army in Southeast Asia 1967-1968.

Mr. Thomas J. Pernice, appointee to UGHO Board of Directors, has served as a senior corporate executive in Government and the public market industry for over 18 years. Most recently, Mr. Pernice has sat as a Managing Director of Cappello Group Inc., an affiliate of Cappello Capital Corp., a licensed investment bank specializing in equity and convertible securities investment, M & A advisory and financial restructuring services as well as served as an Officer and Vice President of Public Affairs for the Dole Food Company Dole Food Company, Inc. is an American-based agricultural multinational corporation headquartered in Westlake Village, California and is the leading grower and packer of such food items as bananas, pineapples (fresh and packaged), grapes, strawberries, and other fresh and frozen  overseeing media communications and corporate legislative and political strategies.

Prior to joining Dole, Mr. Pernice served in The White House for over seven years -- most as a Senior Staff Member -- with the Reagan and Bush Administrations. Appointed in 1988 as Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Advance in the Bush/Quayle Administration, he was chief advisor for coordination of the Vice President's official, political and diplomatic activities, and, in the Reagan Administration, served as a Presidential advance representative managing press coverage for the White House Press Corps, including the U.S.-Soviet Summits in Moscow and the annual Seven-Nation Economic Summits.

Michael J. Skellern, Chairman and CEO of UGHO, commented, "On behalf of the Executive Management and our shareholders, I am proud to welcome Messrs. Cole and Pernice, both outstanding individuals, to our Directorial Board. Not only do they personify per·son·i·fy  
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1. To think of or represent (an inanimate object or abstraction) as having personality or the qualities, thoughts, or movements of a living being:
 what it means to be the best in their chosen directive, but they also provide Universal Guardian with an immense knowledge base and contacts within the international Military, law enforcement and Government networks.

"All of the appointees," Mr. Skellern continued, "bring a wealth of guidance, leadership and respect to the ranks of Management and Advisors, and it is contributions as these that will play a substantive role in the Company's movement forward and fulfillment of our business plan, as well as recognition of our products and services in the critical Homeland Security and defense industry worldwide."

UGHO offers innovative security technologies, products, and services to Military, Government, and commercial markets worldwide. From command and control system technologies to special weapons systems, UGHO's products and services cover a wide range of applications and markets, merging cost-effective high technology and ease of use. UGHO has five strategic corporate divisions: Security Assessment and Tactics Group, Maritime Security Group, Non-Maritime Security Group, Special Weapons Group, and the Security Technologies and Engineering Group.

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Further information is available on the Company's website:

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