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Marketing and Public Relations Experts Join Corporate Strategies Group Inc.; Gina Kilker, APR, Appointed Vice President of Client Services and Chris Holbert Named Account Manager.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2002

Supporting their continued growth, Corporate Strategies Group Inc. (CSG), a leading marketing communications firm serving technology-based companies, Wednesday announced the appointment of marketing and public relations veterans, Gina Kilker, as vice president of client services, and Chris Holbert as account manager.

Bringing over 18 years of experience in the technology, healthcare and hospitality industries, Kilker will lead the client services organization, ensuring that as Corporate Strategies Group continues its rapid growth path, they are able to maintain the high degree of service and support that their clients currently enjoy.

Prior to joining CSG, Kilker was the founding marketing director for Cyclone Commerce Corp., a collaborative commerce software company, where she initiated and built award-winning marketing communications, public relations and sales support programs instrumental to the company's growth and success.

In addition, Kilker has led marketing and public relations for companies including Adaptive Broadband Inc. and Microtest Inc. During her nine-year tenure at the latter, she led the company's global marketing and communications activities. Her experience in the hospitality industry includes the positions of director of public relations for the Paradise Valley Resort and Arizona Biltmore Resort.

Joining CSG as account manager is Holbert, who will be responsible for implementing and managing client marketing programs. Holbert has extensive experience in corporate communications, promotional strategy and sales support, having worked for companies that include Bank of America, Border's Inc., Pioneer Press, American Cancer Society, ILX Resorts, and RainStar University.

Holbert's knowledge extends to the banking sector, international retail, hospitality, non-profit, healthcare, and education markets.

A result-oriented, team player, Holbert's writing skills enabled her to create RFP responses for Bank of America that far exceeded their expectations for return per proposal and helped win the largest annual spend contract in the bank's commercial card history at more than $400 million per annum.

While at Borders Inc., Holbert coordinated and promoted positive, high-visibility events such as Border's sponsorship of Lilith Fair, the American Arts Alliance campaign with Paul Newman and Border's first-ever international store opening in Singapore.

"The talent we have brought to the company and our clients will enable us to continue to support our rapid growth and ensure a high degree of customer satisfaction," said Elizabeth Perrine, president of Corporate Strategies Group.

"Gina and Chris are both talented and creative communications professionals, and I am confident that our clients will be delighted by their ability to create and implement successful communications strategies."

Corporate Strategies Group Inc., is a leading marketing communications firm specializing in developing and executing marketing and public relations strategies for local, national and international technology-based companies. The company is located at 8722 E. Via de Commercio, Scottsdale, AZ 85259. More information can be found at or by contacting 480/607-0070.
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