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Ryan Partners with Larry North Fitness to Provide a Comprehensive Wellness Program to Improve Employee Health, Nutrition, and Workplace Productivity

Press Release Sep 15, 2009

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 the Firm has partnered with Larry North Fitness to improve the well-being of Ryan employees and create a Firm-wide culture of health, exercise, and proper nutrition. Ryan was recently honored with the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, having ranked in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of flexible work programs, policies, and culture. This partnership reinforces the Firm’s commitment to its employees’ quality of life by providing a wellness program that helps improve their health, well-being, and workplace productivity.

Larry North is a leading expert in health, fitness, nutrition, and weight loss, and has authored three books, including the best selling, Living Lean. He created one of the top-selling television weight-loss shows in the country, and his book, The Great North American Slimdown,grossed more than $120 million in sales and was ordered by more than one million people. Mr. North will create a custom program designed to deliver real health results for Ryan employees, including Firm-wide fitness challenges and contests, wellness teleconferences, “Lunch and Learn” seminars, fitness forums, and more. The program will enable Ryan to adopt a total health management approach that supports healthy lifestyle habits, positively impacts healthcare costs, and improves productivity and client service delivery.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with Ryan to improve its employees’ health, productivity, and quality of life,” said Larry North, President and CEO of Larry North Fitness. “When an employee chooses to exercise and eat right, there are reduced sick days, decreased healthcare costs, higher morale, and increased employee productivity and retention.”

“Ongoing improvements to our employees’ quality of life are integral to our corporate culture, and we’ve seen the resulting increase in productivity and client service,” said G. Brint Ryan, CEO and Managing Principal of Ryan. “This program will deliver real health results for employees and ensure that they continue delivering outstanding value and service excellence for our premier clients.”

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 ryan.com.

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