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Ryan & Company Announces Fall Promotions and New Hires

Press Release Oct 12, 2004

Dallas, Texas - Ryan & Company, America's largest independent state and local tax consulting firm, today announced fall promotions and recently hired new management.

Ryan & Company is proud to announce the promotion of William Samuels and Trisha Fortune to Principal. Professional tax consultant promotions include Dan Haddock, Greg Odell, and Kelly Taff to Senior Manager; Steve Hsu, Sarah Stroud, and Lu Zhao to Manager; and Brian Burdett, Lou Castaneda, Eric Kippes, and Eric Wojinski to Team Leader.

"Our firm's tremendous growth rate continues to allow us to attract and retain many of the most talented individuals in the state and local tax profession," said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal of Ryan & Company. "These individuals continue to excel and provide superior service to our clients, and their promotions are a testament to that accomplishment." Ryan & Company has maintained an average annual employee growth rate of 40% over the past three years.

"Furthermore," continued Mr. Ryan, "I am thrilled to welcome Bill Samuels and Trisha Fortune to the Ryan & Company ownership team. Although they were both successful in former national accounting firm positions, their success at Ryan & Company has been nothing short of tremendous. With a cumulative revenue contribution in 2003 of over $7 million, Bill and Trisha have established themselves as serious contributors to the Ryan & Company ownership team."

Recent professional acquisitions include Helen Lemmon, Principal in Charge of the Pittsburgh office; Christopher Even, Senior Manager in the St. Louis office; Marijo Diaz, Property Tax Manager in the Los Angeles office; and Christopher J. Girod, Manager in the Pittsburgh office. Recent corporate management hires include Maranda Auzenne, Operation Support Manager, and Paige Lackey, Director of Recruiting.

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,700 professionals and associates serves over 29,000 clients in more than 75 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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