PNIH Acquisition Expands The Outsource Group’s Service Lines and Reach to the Southeast

St. Louis, MO (December 4, 2007) – Productivity Network Innovations Healthcare (PNIH) in Houma, Louisiana, has been acquired by The Outsource Group, Michael DiMarco, CEO of The Outsource Group announced today. The acquisition of PNIH is part of The Outsource Group’s strategic plan to grow through acquiring “best-in-class” service providers to augment their service offerings and geographic coverage in the healthcare receivables industry. Specifically, PNIH, provides insurance follow up and business office outsourcing to leading healthcare providers across the country.

“The acquisition of PNIH adds to our competency in insurance follow up; extends our service lines to the PNIH client base; and expands our overall capacity by adding the Houma call center,” says DiMarco.

The Outsource Group has experienced rapid growth, with seven acquisitions in the past three years and a growing network of offices and call centers located in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri, and now, Louisiana. More importantly, the owners of the acquired companies join The Outsource Group’s leadership team as shareholders and operators bringing expertise and years of experience to the Company and clients alike.

“The management team from PNIH brings a very specific expertise in dealing with payers,” adds DiMarco. “Tom Westerkamp, PNIH’s founder, along with the other principal’s Pete Middleton and Hardy Blick, will round out our competence in insurance follow up and will add business office outsourcing to our existing suite of services.”

The new addition of PNIH comes on the heels of The Outsource Group’s acquisition in October of Genesis Consultants of New York, another leading provider of insurance collections and Medicaid eligibility services. “Unlike some companies who are interested primarily in client access through acquisition, we look for experienced management partners who can help us grow organically as well,” says DiMarco. “In addition, this type of growth enables us to offer “best-in-class” subspecialties as well as local access across the U.S.”

In order to fuel their continued expansion, The Outsource Group maintains a strong relationship with its capital partner, ClearLight Partners, LLC, a Newport, California based private equity firm with $600 million under management. ClearLight looks for long-term relationships, investing in mid-cap companies with proven management success and growth potential.

The Outsource Group Acquires Genesis Consultants of New York

St. Louis, MO (October 8, 2007) – The Outsource Group (TOG), a leader in healthcare receivables management, announced today that it has acquired Genesis Consultants of New York Inc., a leading provider of insurance collections and Medicaid eligibility services. Genesis Consultants of New York is headquartered in Bellmore, New York and serves hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan area. The transaction will significantly increase the size of TOG and extend the types of receivables management services that both companies provide their clients.

Genesis Consultants of New York’s founder Gary Israel said, “We have a highly sought-after specialty in healthcare receivables management, and we serve the top hospitals in the region. Our combination with TOG will enable us to expand the types of services we offer to our current clients, such as self-pay bad debt collections. It will also enable The Outsource Group to provide a deeper level of expertise in the areas of insurance follow-up and Medicaid eligibility.” Israel will remain in an executive position and will focus on client management and new business development.

Ross Kaufman, CFO, and John Christie, COO, will also continue in their current roles at Genesis. “As more and more patients are underinsured or uninsured, it is more important than ever for hospitals to have a partner who can assist them in determining patients’ eligibility for various entitlement programs. Our combined companies will offer these expert services to hospitals across the country,” said Kaufman.

“Part of Genesis’ appeal has been its focus on superior results and exceptional customer service. The expanded organization will be no exception,” said Christie. “Everything that we do, every concept we’ve created, it’s all going to be incorporated going forward. We’re all very excited about the future and what we’ll have to offer our clients in the way of new products and services”

Michael DiMarco, CEO of The Outsource Group, said “This acquisition is the most recent of six we have executed in the past three years. It will enable TOG to provide new services to our existing client base as well as offer the full suite of TOG’s accounts receivable management services into Genesis’ client base. We look forward to working closely with the entire Genesis team and expanding our business in the New York market.” DiMarco indicated that TOG will continue to pursue synergistic acquisitions as part of its strategy for building the nation’s premier healthcare receivables management company.

The Outsource Group is a privately held company, backed by ClearLight Partners, LLC, a $600 million private equity fund based in Newport Beach, California.

ClearLight Partners, LLC Invests in Apple & Eve

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (October 3, 2007) Private equity firm ClearLight Partners announced today that it has completed an investment in Apple & Eve, a marketer of 100% juice beverages, to support the company’s plans for continued growth and expansion.

Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Port Washington, NY-based Apple & Eve is the largest privately held producer of 100% fruit juice products in the United States. The company offers more than one hundred different juice products sold under a number of brands including Apple & Eve, Apple & Eve Organics, Sesame Street, Northland, and Seneca. The Company’s products are sold through a variety of channels including grocery, club, mass merchandise, convenience and foodservice.

“We are pleased to have ClearLight as our capital partner and look forward to working with them as we continue to grow our business,” said Gordon Crane, President and CEO of Apple & Eve. “The outlook for our business is excellent. Sales of our existing 100% juice products continue to increase and we are introducing exciting new products such as our Awake energy juice and our Fizz Ed line of sparkling juices.”

Patrick Haiz, a partner at ClearLight, commented: “Apple & Eve has a well-established portfolio of proven brands that meet consumers’ increasing demand for beverages that promote health and wellness. We have searched extensively for investment opportunities with natural food and beverage companies; we are fortunate to be partnering with Gordon and his team. Apple & Eve has long distinguished itself as a best-in-class operator.”

About Apple & Eve

Apple & Eve is the largest privately held juice company in the U.S., with total annual sales topping $200 million. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Port Washington, NY, the company focuses on healthy and innovative juice products. Apple & Eve produces and markets a complete line of juices, including Apple & Eve 100% pure and natural juices and juice blends, Northland Cranberry Juice Blends, Seneca, Sesame Street 100% Juices, Organics, and a wide variety of convenient single-serve beverages. Apple & Eve products are sold in supermarkets, mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, health food stores, schools and convenience stores across the country.

Apple & Eve, LLC
PO Box K
Roslyn, NY 11576
Phone: 800.969.8018

ClearLight Raises $300M Fund, Eying Buyouts

“ClearLight Raises $300M Fund, Eying Buyouts”
Finance: Private equity firm looking to healthcare, education
by Dan Beighley published in the July 30, 2007 edition of the Orange County Business Journal

ClearLight Partners, LLC Acquires a Controlling Interest in Katzkin Leather Interiors

Newport Beach, CA (July 9, 2007) – Private equity firm ClearLight Partners announced today that it has acquired a controlling interest in Katzkin Leather Interiors, Inc. The current management team, including Company founder Mitch Katz, will remain with the Company. ClearLight Partners provided equity and mezzanine financing in the transaction, while Madison Capital led the senior debt financing. Katzkin management will continue to have an equity stake in the Company.

Founded in 1983, Montebello, CA-based Katzkin is the industry’s leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of made-to-order aftermarket leather interiors for automobiles and light trucks, sold to and installed by a national network of more than 2,000 independent automotive aftermarket restylers. Katzkin offers almost 2,000 interior patterns for the majority of vehicles on the road today, and makes nearly 90% of all manufactured custom leather interiors to order with delivery within 24 hours of order receipt. “We are pleased to have ClearLight as our new financial partner and look forward to working with them to grow the company and continue to service our customers,” said Brooks Mayberry, President of Katzkin Leather Interiors, Inc.

Michael S. Kaye, Managing Partner at ClearLight, stated, “ We are delighted to join forces with the Katzkin team. The Company has a proven track record of innovation and growth and we look forward to a successful partnership.”

The ClearLight deal team was led by Larry Ward.

About Katzkin

Katzkin Leather Interiors, Inc. is the leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of customized aftermarket leather interiors for automobiles and light trucks.

Katzkin Leather Interiors, Inc.
6868 Acco Street
Montebello, CA 90640

The Outsource Group Merges with Specialized Receivables to Expand Service Lines of Both Entities

St. Louis, MO (June 12, 2007) – The Outsource Group (TOG), a leader in healthcare receivables management, announced today that it has merged with Specialized Receivables Incorporated (SRI), a Third-Party Liability (TPL) collections agency in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The merger will significantly increase the size of TOG and extend both companies’ receivables management service lines to their clients. The expanded operation will have offices in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Austin, Texas, and St. Louis, Florissant, and Columbia, Missouri.

Specialized Receivables CEO Sam Rotondi said, “We have been looking for a partner to help us expand, as we take our business model to a national level and continue to invest in technology to better serve our clients. Finding a partner like TOG that understands and complements our business was an ideal fit.” Rotondi will remain President of SRI and will focus on client management and new business development.

Lou Molettiere, SRI’s COO, will also continue in his operations role. “As our name suggests, our services are very specialized, so the merger will enable TOG’s clients to benefit from our 20+ years of success, processing over 1.5 million claims, representing more than one billion dollars in Motor Vehicle and Industrial Accident claim payments,” said Molettiere.

“The merger of these two companies creates a more robust foundation from which to launch even more services, facilitate organic growth, and integrate future strategic acquisitions of healthcare ARM companies,” explains Michael DiMarco, CEO of The Outsource Group. “This merger is one of five we have executed in the past three years – with other synergistic acquisitions in negotiation right now – that will enable TOG to meet the unique and specific needs of all healthcare clients in all parts of North America,” DiMarco said. “I am very excited to provide broader services to all of our clients and especially excited that we will have seasoned industry professionals like Sam and Lou as part of our senior leadership team.”

The Outsource Group continues to explore the acquisition of additional healthcare ARM providers through the resources of its capital partner, Clearlight Partners, LLC, a $600 million private equity fund based in Newport Beach, California.

TASI Holdings, Inc. Announces Recapitalization

Newport Beach, CA May 31, 2007 – ClearLight Partners announced today that it has completed a recapitalization of Cleves, Ohio based TASI Holdings, Inc. along with Black Canyon Capital. As part of the transaction, Industrial Growth Partners, the former majority shareholder, and TASI management will continue to have an equity stake in the Company. ClearLight Partners and Black Canyon provided both equity and mezzanine financing in the transaction, while GE Antares provided senior financing.

TASI, based outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading provider of highly engineered test and measurement instruments and integrated systems, with diverse product platforms serving a broad range of end markets. TASI provides leak detection and assembly verification instruments and systems, automated assembly and test systems, and flowmeters and flow control products. “We are pleased to have ClearLight and Black Canyon as our new financial partners and look forward to working with them to build significant value through internal growth initiatives and add-on acquisitions, ” said David Huberfield, President and CEO of TASI Holdings, Inc. “We also feel fortunate to be able to continue an association with Industrial Growth Partners,” Huberfield added.

TASI companies utilize their experience, depth in application, innovative electronics software and unique communications capability to develop products and solutions that enable its customers to efficiently manufacture high quality products. This ensures TASI solutions exceed customer expectations and provide mission critical performance.

Michael S. Kaye, Managing Partner at ClearLight, stated “We are delighted to have the opportunity to back David Huberfield and his strong management team at TASI. We’re also excited to partner once again with Black Canyon, and to have Industrial Growth Partners continuing on as investors in TASI.

The ClearLight deal team was led by Lawrence W. Ward, Jr. and Jay F. Shepherd.

About TASI

TASI is the leading manufacturer of highly-engineered leak and test measurement equipment designed to enhance manufacturing efficiency in the automotive, plastics, industrial and pharmaceutical end markets. TASI also supplies automated test and assembly systems and flow meters and flow control products.

TASI Holdings, Inc.
5551 Dry Fork Road
Cleves, OH 45002

Richardson Named to The 2006 Best of eLearning List from ELearning! Magazine

Philadelphia, PA (February 9, 2007) — Richardson, a leading sales training and consulting firm, has been recognized for eLearning excellence in both Best Leadership and Soft Skills training categories in The Best of Elearning! Reader’s Choice Awards, presented by Elearning! Magazine. More than 500 executives cast votes for the Best of Elearning! to extend honors to over 40 outstanding products in the learning industry.

Richardson QuickSkills eLearning are flexible and interactive online sales training programs that economize time and maximize value. Standing alone as complete courses, or blended with customized classroom learning as pre-work, reinforcement, or to minimize lecture time, Richardson QuickSkills are designed to provide sales professionals with the latest tools to help them become more skillful and consultative in their selling efforts.

“Richardson is honored and extremely excited by this recognition from the readers of eLearning Magazine,” says David DiStefano, Richardson President and CEO. “We want to thank all of the executives and managers who voted for our QuickSkills. This acknowledgement affirms o ur commitment to providing leading edge and innovative sales, service, and sales management training products that change behavior and improve sales performance.”

“The Best of Elearning! 2006 Awards program is the exclusive readers’ choice awards in the market,” reported Catherine Upton, Publisher of Elearning! Magazine. “These awards are unlike any hosted in this market, as every brand and product was reader-nominated.”

About Richardson QuickSkills 

Richardson eLearning QuickSkills help sales professionals sell smarter and perform better by providing learning that is just one click away. Richardson QuickSkills offers the greatest depth and breadth available in an eLearning sales curriculum. Richardson QuickSkills consist of high-impact, Web-based courses drawn from our extensive library of proven, world-class sales curriculum that help professionals build stronger relationships, exceed sales objectives, and close more business. There are currently over 70 Richardson QuickSkills courses available on the topics of sales skills, sales process, sales management, and sales support.

About Richardson 

Richardson ( accelerates the productivity of salespeople by ensuring that they have the skills, strategies, and processes to achieve their objectives and implement their organization’s strategy. Utilizing our comprehensive curriculum, coaching, and consulting, we help develop the critical skills sales organizations need to win. Our curriculum includes sales, sales management, strategy, negotiations, and service training delivered through customized seminars, one-on-one and team coaching, and high-impact interactive eLearning.

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