AVST Expands Offices and Executive Team

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Continued growth triggers leading unified communications provider to open new headquarters, expand Bellevue office and strengthen senior executive team.

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced it has expanded its corporate offices and continues to strengthen its executive management team. Following a year of continued growth and success, the company recently opened new headquarters in Orange County, Calif., expanded its office in Seattle, Wash., and, over the past several months, has added three key members to its senior executive team.

In October 2005, AVST moved its corporate headquarters to larger facilities to accommodate the company’s current and projected growth. The new headquarters, which will include a state of the art executive briefing center and application testing lab, is located in Orange County, Calif. The company also expanded its facilities in Seattle, Wash., in order to accommodate a growing sales and marketing department and add additional customer briefing venues.

As a leading provider of unified communications solutions, AVST addresses the changing communications needs of businesses of all sizes, from SMB’s to the enterprise. Strengthening an already seasoned executive team, AVST has added, over the past several months, the managerial experience of Mike Berlin as Vice President of Business Development, Tom Brattvet as Vice President of Sales and Jeff Schuett as Vice President of Operations. AVST will leverage the combined talents of Schuett, Berlin and Brattvet to improve operational efficiencies, penetrate new markets and evangelize the business benefits of a second generation communications infrastructure.

“We are excited about this new phase of growth and expansion,” said AVST’s President and CEO Hardy Myers. “Mike, Tom and Jeff bring more than 65 years of combined experience that complements our team and will advance our business development, sales and operational objectives.”

“Companies look to AVST as a long-term communications technology partner that will continue to deliver solutions that help them ’future-proof’ their existing and planned communications infrastructure investments,” added Myers. “Our products provide a bridge from the legacy PBX systems currently used in the enterprise, to the VoIP and wireless technologies of tomorrow.”

AVST’s flagship product, CallXpress®, delivers advanced call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging and speech-enabled capabilities that are designed to meet the evolving workforce requirements of companies of all sizes. CallXpress allows employees to communicate and collaborate more productively and effectively because users can receive and respond to calls and messages anywhere, anytime. That means customers aren't left waiting, mobile workers are accessible and urgent messages are available right away. CallXpress greatly increases productivity, service levels and also provides a consistent corporate interface to the customers.

With over 35,000 systems sold worldwide, AVST has an impressive list of customers, including many Fortune 1000 companies, professional sports teams, healthcare facilities, universities and government agencies. AVST’s products are sold and supported worldwide through a prestigious list of OEM and distribution partners including Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group, Altura Communication Solutions, BlackBox Communications, NetVersant Solutions, and Shared Technologies as well as more than 200 regional and local resellers worldwide.

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of unified communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, and its innovative speech applications module, Seneca®, AVST offers the industry’s most powerful suite of switch-independent unified communications solutions. AVST’s solutions enable direct access to an enterprise’s communications infrastructure including voice mail, e-mail and fax messaging from any voice or data device via a touch-tone, GUI or speech interface. Established in September 2003, AVST was formed from the combined businesses of Sound Advantage (established in 1997) and the AVT division (established in 1982) of Captaris, Inc.

Headquartered in Orange County, CA, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, WA and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With over 35,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST’s unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Denny Michael, VP of Marketing at 949-699-2300 or access the company's website at http://www.avst.com.

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Jennifer Tolkachev

Lages & Associates

(949) 453-8080


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