Trivest Announces Promotion Of Forest Wester To Principal

Trivest Announces Promotion Of Forest Wester To Principal

MIAMI, FL — (January 3, 2007) The Partners of Trivest Partners, L.P.  (“Trivest”), Earl Powell, Troy Templeton, Jamie Elias and Chip Vandenberg, are pleased to announce that Forest Wester has been promoted to Principal effective January 1, 2007.

Forest joined Trivest as an associate in 2005 after receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and joined Lehman Brothers’ Private Equity Group before attending graduate school.  Forest also completed a summer internship with Microsoft’s Corporate Strategy Group while attending graduate school at Harvard.

Since joining Trivest, Forest has been actively involved in the acquisition and monitoring of the firm’s portfolio of investments, particularly with respect to business services and niche manufacturing companies.  He currently serves as a director of Box-Board Products, Inc.

Troy D.  Templeton, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, said, “Forest has made an impressive contribution to our firm in terms of deal sourcing, monitoring and executing platform and add-on investments.  We are pleased that he has achieved this recognition and look forward to his continuing success with the Firm.”

Trivest Partners is a Miami, Florida based private investment firm that makes control equity investments in lower middle-market companies with a focus on founder owned businesses.  Since its founding in 1981, Trivest Partners has sponsored more than 130 acquisitions and recapitalizations, totaling in excess of $3.0 billion in value.  For additional information, please visit www.trivest.com.