AVST Appoints Pat Howard to Board of Directors

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., March 1, 2006 – Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST), a leading provider of unified communications solutions for businesses of all sizes, today announced it has appointed Pat Howard, an industry visionary and business leader, to its Board of Directors.

With 30 years of experience in the telecom and technology markets and building and managing the distribution channels that support them, Howard brings a wealth of knowledge to the diverse group of industry experts and visionaries on AVST’s Board.  Throughout his career, Howard has focused his energies on developing profitable and uniquely valuable products, services and companies in the converged voice and data applications space.

Pat’s expertise in building and supporting solution-centric distribution channels and his significant contributions to the telecom industry through his leadership at such renowned companies as VMX and Mosaix fits perfectly with AVST’s vision of working with world class distribution partners to deliver PBX independent best-of-breed unified communications solutions for businesses of all sizes,” said AVST’s President and CEO Hardy Myers.  “We will take great advantage of his counsel and guidance as we continue to accelerate the global expansion of our business.”

Howard has served as the CEO of a variety of prestigious, publicly-traded firms in the telecom sector including VMX, one of the premier call processing and voice messaging companies in the world, where he led the company from near startup to a global leader with strong profitability and over $120 million in annual sales.  As CEO of Mosaix, a call center software and systems provider, the company doubled sales and tripled earnings-per-share during his three year tenure.  Howard most recently served as CEO of QuantumShift, where he increased the company's telecom management hosted services and reduced the company's dependence on its reseller business before selling it in 2004.  In addition to these public companies, Howard has also led various private companies including ComPath, Soundlogic, PhoneZone and Banter through early stage product and company development to profitable operations and/or highly valued liquidity events.

Howard is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management Program and San Diego State University.  His past and current independent consulting or directorship roles include Banter (intelligent email response automation), Straight Source (recruitment process outsourcing), Circa (IP telephone development, sold to PolyCom), Séance (presence-based communications integration), LiteScape (IP applications platform) and Angel Flight (charitable aviation organization).

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.

About XMedius

XMedius is a global leader in the field of enterprise communications solutions. Its suite of enterprise-grade on-premises and cloud communications solutions enable businesses to benefit from secure and unified communication as well as to exchange sensitive and confidential data that meets and exceeds industry regulatory compliance requirements. Based in Montreal (Canada) with offices in Seattle (USA) and Paris (France), the company serves businesses, enterprises and service providers through a global team of customer focused employees. Its solutions are deployed worldwide in over 17,500 locations across education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and legal services sectors. For more information about XMedius and its solutions, visit www.xmedius.com.


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