AFCO Systems Strengthens Senior Management Team; Signals Increasing Importance of Datacenter Market

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Green IT Datacenter Leader Names Gerard Becker President, COO; Joseph Reid VP Customer Service & Support; Katherine Merrigan Marketing Manager

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We recognize the strong management experience and skills that each of them brings to the Company and we're confident their efforts will help us build a solid future.

As enterprises of all sizes adopt new computing technologies, including: storage virtualization, server consolidation and high-density blade computing platforms, the ability to proactively manage datacenter power and cooling has become increasingly important. To better serve the demands of its datacenter customers in financial, media, government and other markets, AFCO Systems, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced enclosure technology for mission-critical datacenter environments, has strengthened its leadership team. The company has named Gerard "Jerry" Becker President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph Reid Vice President of Customer Services and Support, and Katherine Merrigan Marketing Manager.

"AFCO Systems is pleased to welcome Jerry, Joe and Kathy on board as we proactively provide advanced power and cooling solutions to current customers and a growing datacenter market," said AFCO Systems CEO Michael Mallia. "We recognize the strong management experience and skills that each of them brings to the Company and we're confident their efforts will help us build a solid future."

Jerry Becker
In this new role, Gerard "Jerry" F. Becker, PhD will develop an aggressive growth plan for AFCO predicated on leveraging lean manufacturing initiatives across the organization, instilling and institutionalizing repeatable organizational processes and strengthening customer satisfaction through repeatable, high-quality solutions.

Becker has more than 30 years experience in the information technology industry and holds a doctoral degree in Organization and Management from Capella University based in Minneapolis, MN. Before joining AFCO, Becker managed large datacenter environments for financial institutions, including Bankers Trust Company and Lehman Brothers, and held management positions with several software and professional services companies, including Greenwich Technology Partners, Aperture, and TIBCO.

"AFCO has always focused on satisfying its customers' complex business issues through superior engineering and manufacturing capabilities. My main objective will be to leverage these core capabilities for maximum growth and success while maintaining a strong customer focus with a dedicated team of professionals," Becker said.

AFCO CEO Mallia stated, "Jerry's hiring represents our continuing commitment to help our customers satisfy complex energy and airflow initiatives. His understanding of the market and leadership skills will enable AFCO to positively leverage its expertise and core competencies. We are delighted with Jerry's addition to our executive team."

Joe Reid
As VP of Customer Service and Support, Joseph P. Reid will place a strong emphasis on formulating business strategies, managing customer relations and streamlining operations to provide significant value for AFCO's growth.

Reid has over 20 years of IT experience in a variety of industries. He held senior management positions with a strong focus on growing and managing consulting businesses, as well as technical presales and support, for companies including TIBCO Software, SeeBeyond Technology Corporation, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Standard Microsystems. Reid earned a Masters in Business Administration from Adelphi University and a BSEE from New York Institute of Technology.

Kathy Merrigan
As the company's new Marketing manager, Katherine A. Merrigan brings her strong background in product branding and developing cohesive, effective marketing campaigns using various media, including Web, video and print. Kathy's addition to the AFCO team helps strengthen the Company's commitment to providing thought leadership to the industry. Kathy has over 15 years experience marketing products for industries ranging from pharmaceutical to environmental to the military. Kathy holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, specializing in advertising and promotion, from Pace University, Westchester, NY.

About AFCO Systems
AFCO Systems, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced enclosure technology for mission-critical datacenter environments, has the world's largest installed base of thermostatically-controlled, air-cooled and heat load-balancing enclosures. The company is headquartered in Farmingdale, NY, and has a global presence with operations in North America, Ireland, London, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information, visit http://www.AFCOSystems.com or call 631-249-9441.

Media contacts:
Arthur Germain
Communication Strategy Group for AFCO Systems
agermain @ gocsg.com
631-239-6335
http://www.gocsg.com

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