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Ryan Public Affairs Director James R. Eads, Jr. Named New FTA Executive Director

Press Release Aug 15, 2008

Dallas, Texas - Ryan, the leading tax services firm in North America, with the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada, today announced that James R. Eads, Jr. has been named the New Executive Director of The Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA). Mr. Eads will resign his position with Ryan to head the Federation’s office in Washington, D.C. beginning September 8, 2008. Mr. Eads replaces Harley Duncan, who resigned after 20 years with the FTA.

FTA provides research and information exchange, training, intergovernmental and interstate coordination services to state tax authorities and administrators in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, New York City and Puerto Rico. The Federation also represents the interests of its member tax administrators before federal policymakers.

Linda Tanton, Deputy Comptroller for the State of Maryland and President of the FTA Board of Trustees, announced the appointment and said: "The Board of Trustees and I are pleased to welcome Jim Eads to the leadership of the FTA staff. He has had a long career in state taxation and we are certain that he will use his experience to further FTA’s goals of professionalism, responsiveness and value to our membership."

Eads’ experience includes service as Chief Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration Revenue Division and as state tax counsel for Sears and for AT&T Corp. In addition to his service with Ryan, he also worked for Ernst & Young and the Internal Revenue Service.

"This is a position well suited to my experience and I am delighted that it was offered to me," said Mr. Eads. "It has been my pleasure to work with the outstanding professionals at Ryan, as well as their premier group of global clients. I wish them the very greatest of success."

"James Eads is one of the most capable and respected tax and public affairs professionals in the industry," said G. Brint Ryan, Managing Principal of Ryan. "We will miss Jim tremendously, but our clients and the industry as a whole will greatly benefit from Jim’s leadership at the FTA."

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