Richard Galanti, Costco CFO, to Give Keynote Address at Northwest Growth Financing Conference

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Franz von Bradsky, Chairman of the Northwest Growth Financing Conference, announced today that Richard A. Galanti, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Costco Wholesale Corporation, will give the keynote address at the conference.

Franz von Bradsky, Chairman of the Northwest Growth Financing Conference, announced today that Richard A. Galanti, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Costco Wholesale Corporation, will give the keynote address at the conference.

The conference which is being presented by the Seattle chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66 in Seattle on August 10, 2006. Mr. von Bradsky is a director of the Seattle chapter of ACG and President of Green Tree Capital.

Mr. Galanti, who holds an MBA from Stanford University, has been a director of Costco since January 1995, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since October 1993. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Costco from January 1985 to October 1993, having joined as Vice President-Finance in March 1984. From 1978 to 1984, he was with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation in New York City.

The conference will highlight the latest trends and developments affecting the financing of “middle market” companies. Four panels of highly experienced investment professionals drawn from many of the nation’s leading investment firms have been assembled to provide their perspective on the current state of the market. These professionals that have consummated numerous financing transactions in a broad array of industries

The conference will conclude with the unique Middle Market Financing Roundup which will provide attendees with the opportunity to go one on one with professionals from the nation’s leading investment firms in an informal setting. Over 40 of the nation’s leading private equity firms, subordinated debt and mezzanine firms, hedge funds, business development companies, etc. representing more than $20 billion of capital under management will be participating in the conference.

ACG was founded in 1954 as a forum for corporate leaders and other professionals to exchange ideas and address pertinent issues related to both internal and external corporate growth. Its mission is to foster and facilitate sound corporate growth – high quality and rising earnings as well as increased shareholder value. It is the premier global association for senior executives involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions.

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