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Continued Business Success at Sharon Merrill Associates Draws New Vice President, Promotion of Senior Associate.

Beth Lewis Kurth Joins Firm, Dennis Walsh Promoted to Senior Associate

BOSTON -- Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized investor relations and corporate communications firm, announced that Beth Lewis Kurth has joined the firm as vice president and Dennis Walsh has been promoted to senior associate.

"With our commitment to helping companies drive valuation through investor relations, we continue to add both established and emerging companies to our client roster," said Maureen Wolff-Reid, president of Sharon Merrill Associates and current chairman of the National Investor Relations Institute. "Our team is earning wide recognition for innovative approaches to investor relations and for leadership in IR best practices. We are delighted to welcome Beth and to acknowledge the contributions of Dennis, as we build on our record of success."

Beth's background includes leading both the investor and public relations activities of an enterprise software firm. In that role she focused and simplified the communications program to drive increased financial and media interest. Prior to that, she directed the Boston office of a national investor relations practice where her clients included a wide range of small- and large-cap companies representing consumer, financial, healthcare, technology and other industries. She previously spent five years as a public information officer with the Federal Government and five years as a financial analyst with an economic consulting firm. Beth, who serves as an officer of the Boston Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Since joining Sharon Merrill Associates in 2005, Dennis has worked on accounts across a number of industries including medical device, technology, environmental services and pharmaceuticals. In 2006, he was a recipient of the R. Scott Higgins Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Education in Investor Relations. Prior to joining Sharon Merrill Associates, Dennis was a financial earnings analyst at Thomson Financial. In this position, he served as a liaison between the sell-side analyst community and the senior management of client companies. Dennis graduated from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire with a bachelor of arts in economics.

About Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc.

Sharon Merrill Associates has been executing award-winning programs and staying in daily contact with Wall Street and the media since 1985. Today, Sharon Merrill Associates is one of America's preeminent investor relations and corporate communications firms. The agency serves public and private companies in a broad range of industries. Sharon Merrill Associates' principals have earned wide recognition for innovative approaches to investor relations and for leadership in IR best practices as officers and board members of Financial Executives International, the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. The agency won the 2006, 2005 and 2004 Bell Ringer awards for Investor Relations and overall "Best in Show" Super Bell award in 2004. To learn more about Sharon Merrill Associates, please visit the company's website at
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