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AVST Expands Offices and Executive Team

Continued Growth Triggers Leading Unified Communications Provider to Open New Headquarters, Expand Bellevue Office and Strengthen Senior Executive Team

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., November 14, 2005 – 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

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions.

Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure.

Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners, please visit www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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