Former Equity Analyst Anne Marie K. Schwartz Joins Sharon Merrill Associates: Nationally Recognized Investor Relations Agency Continues to Expand as IPOs Fuel Growth

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Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized investor relations agency and corporate communications strategic advisory firm, today announced that Anne Marie K. Schwartz, a former software equity analyst for Adams, Harkness & Hill, has joined the agency as a vice president.

I am delighted to join a dynamic organization that is a beacon of leadership among its clients - and the profession of investor relations.

    "Anne Marie brings to Sharon Merrill Associates keen financial expertise and the ability to analyze a company's business model, evaluate the market environment and articulate its growth prospects to prospective institutional investors," said Maureen Wolff-Reid, the firm's president. "With her background as a sell-side equity analyst and corporate investor relations officer, she understands how to listen, think and communicate strategically to the investment community. We are excited to welcome her to our team as we expand our client base with both IPOs and well established public companies."

Before joining Sharon Merrill Associates, Schwartz served as director of investor relations for Open Text Corp. with specific focus on building the Canadian software company's presence within the U.S. investment community. Prior to that, she spent 10 years as an equity analyst, including three years covering application and platform software for Adams, Harkness & Hill (now Canaccord Adams) in Boston and five years covering special situation healthcare and medical devices for John G. Kinnard & Co in Minneapolis. Schwartz is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

"Sharon Merrill Associates has built its reputation for investor relations excellence for well over two decades, and it is a reputation well earned," said Schwartz. "I am delighted to join a dynamic organization that is a beacon of leadership among its clients - and the profession of investor relations."

About Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc.

Sharon Merrill Associates has been executing award-winning investor relations programs for its clients since 1985. The agency serves public and private companies in a broad range of industries including solar energy, software, wireless telecommunications, biopharma, life sciences, manufacturing, refined petroleum, medical devices, hazardous waste management and semiconductor technology. Sharon Merrill Associates' principals have earned wide recognition for innovative approaches to investor relations and for leadership in IR best practices as officers and board members of Financial Executives International, the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. The agency won the 2006, 2005 and 2004 Bell Ringer Award for Investor Relations and overall "Best in Show" Super Bell award in 2004. To learn more about SMA, please visit the company's website at http://www.InvestorRelations.com.

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