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ARI Names Peter Hemphill as Manager of Data Resources.

Brings over 19 years of large-scale database management to newly-created position

MILWAUKEE -- ARI (OTCBB:ARIS), a leading provider of technology-enabled business solutions that help equipment dealers, distributors and manufacturers build sales and profits, announced today that Peter Hemphill has joined ARI as manager of Data Resources. Mr. Hemphill will be responsible for all data conversion related activities, including improving thruput and efficiency and overseeing the development of new processes to support additional data types and services. He will be located in ARI's Colorado Springs, CO office.

"We are very pleased to welcome an individual of Peter's caliber to ARI as the manager of our newly-created Data Resources group," said Brian E. Dearing, chairman and chief executive officer of ARI. "Peter joins ARI with over 19 years in the data processing and publishing industry. Most notably, he was Senior Manager of Software Development for IHS, Inc - Engineering Division, a $1.5 billion, world-class provider of software solutions delivering parts and standards information to Fortune 500 customers in over 100 countries, including Bombardier, Boeing, Daimler Chrysler and Deutsche Telekomm. His responsibilities at IHS included managing the development of software for collection of engineering information from around the world. He also provided strategic design engineering for the company's flagship commercial offerings which generated more than $120 million in annual revenue and he led technology teams in the development of some of the company's first CD-ROM products that generated $80 million in new revenue," added Dearing.

According to Dearing, over the past year, the volume, types and complexity of data that ARI manages, converts and delivers has greatly expanded. "I'm confident that Peter's expertise in managing large-scale databases and producing quality information for Fortune 500 companies will prove to be invaluable as we grow. We expect our customers' need for data conversion and management to continue to accelerate as our business expands. In order to continue to grow our business, it is essential that we take a strategic approach to managing our data operations and assets efficiently and effectively," said Dearing. "In my view, Peter's extensive global experience and proven success will help us do that."

"ARI's electronic parts catalogs have a solid, proven reputation in the markets they serve today. "While the databases that ARI currently manages and delivers are smaller and less complex in nature than those I've managed before, the information they provide is just as critical to the end user. I'm excited about the opportunity to help ARI develop and deploy a technology strategy on a global scale that can build on that reputation as well as provide expanded products and services that depend on our data conversion and management capabilities," said Hemphill.

For the past two years, Hemphill was President and CTO of Hemphill & Associates, L.L.C., an information technology consulting firm providing business policy, project management and technical support to the private and public sectors. In addition, he was a policy and technical advisor to the Public Printer of the U.S. where he contributed to the vision, strategic insight and technical expertise in electronic document management technology.

About ARI

ARI is a leading provider of electronic parts catalogs and related technology and services to increase sales and profits for dealers, distributors and manufacturers in the manufactured equipment markets. ARI currently provides approximately 99 parts catalogs (many of which contain multiple lines of equipment) for approximately 77 equipment manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe. Approximately 76,000 catalog subscriptions are provided through ARI to more than 25,000 dealers and distributors in approximately 89 countries in a dozen segments of the worldwide equipment market including outdoor power, power sports, ag equipment, recreation vehicle, floor maintenance, auto and truck parts aftermarket, marine and construction. The Company builds and supports a full suite of multi-media electronic catalog publishing and viewing software for the Web or CD and provides expert catalog publishing and consulting services. ARI also provides dealer marketing services, including technology-enabled direct mail, email and a award-winning dealer website service that makes it quick and easy for an equipment dealer to have a professional and attractive website. In addition, ARI e-Catalog systems support a variety of electronic pathways for parts orders, warranty claims and other transactions between manufacturers and their networks of sales and service points. ARI currently operates three offices in the United States and one in Europe and has sales and service agents in England and France providing marketing and support of its products and services.
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