Trivest Announces New Partner And Other Promotions

MIAMI, FL – (January 5, 2006) Trivest Partners, L.P.  (“Trivest”) is pleased to announce that Jamie Elias has been named a Partner in the Firm.  In addition, Rob Koehn has been promoted to Managing Director, and Eric Bilmes has been promoted to Associate, effective January 1, 2006.

Jamie Elias joined Trivest as an Associate in 1997 after receiving his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Over the years, Mr.  Elias has completed several acquisitions and recapitalizations in the consumer and business services sectors.  Prior to joining Trivest, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Lehman Brothers in New York.  Mr.  Elias received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Boston College, magna cum laude.  He currently serves on the boards of Directed Electronics, Inc.  (NASDAQ: DEIX) and Schoor DePalma, a privately held engineering firm.

Rob Koehn joined Trivest as an Associate in 1999 from First Union Capital Markets (now Wachovia).  He received an A.B.  at Princeton University and an M.B.A.  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also previously worked with Merrill Lynch & Co., and Coopers & Lybrand LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).  He currently serves on the boards of Jet Plastica, Inc., Brown Jordan International, Inc. and Corvest Promotional Products, Inc., all privately held.

Eric Bilmes joined Trivest in 2004 from Raymond James & Associates.  He received his B.S.  in Economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Earl W.  Powell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “It is a pleasure to recognize three young men who have been such strong contributors to our firm.  We are pleased to have developed such talent internally, and we look forward to their continued success.”

Trivest Partners is a Miami, Florida based private investment firm and leading provider of equity for middle market corporate acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth capital financings.  Since its founding in 1981, Trivest Partners has sponsored more than 125 acquisitions and recapitalizations, totaling in excess of $2.7 billion in value.  For additional information, please visit

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