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Gary Dolgins Named CEO of Citiplate, Company Expands Executive Team

Press release from the issuing company

(Westbury, NY -- October 1, 2004) Citiplate Chairman and President, Charles S. Cusumano, Jr., today announced that he has named Gary H. Dolgins to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and promoted Frank L. Patello to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). The two will share the top two chief executive management positions within the privately held U.S.-based CTP plate manufacturing concern. Mr. Cusumano, who remains Chairman and President of the 52-year-old firm said, “Citiplate is fortunate to be able to add two proven and trusted senior executives to fill the top two most visible leadership roles within our company. Both Gary and Frank have earned the esteem and trust of Citiplate’s Board of Directors, as well as Citiplate customers, employees and associates alike, through their ability to successfully initiate and finalize a wide variety of innovative business plans and strategies in a highly competitive CTP marketplace seeking new CTP plate manufacturing options and CTP-bundling alternatives. Gary and Frank will be sharing equally the day-to-day executive management responsibilities and challenges of directing the company. Gary will concentrate on Citiplate’s external activities, expanding our US and international CTP sales and marketing base, including implementing Citiplate’s new custom CTP plate manufacturing programs, CTP channel management, and CTP integration strategies. Frank, at the same time, will direct Citiplate’s internal activities, with full responsibility for the company’s finance, production, logistics, and CTP order-fulfillment operations. Both Gary and Frank, as CEO and COO, respectively, will be jointly in charge of all day-to-day management functions and decision making, having earned the Company’s full and complete vote of confidence via their track records with Citiplate over the years. Each offers unique and dynamic skill sets to our company ideally suited to help successfully direct our continued CTP growth and development efforts into 2005 and beyond. ” Gary H. Dolgins, CEO, brings more than 30 years of graphic arts industry sales and marketing experience and accomplishment to this new position. Among his credits, Mr. Dolgins has been a member of Citiplate’s corporate advisory board since 2002 and has worked closely with Citiplate’s president as a senior corporate advisor and lead channel management strategist for Citiplate since 2003. Previously, he was president of Portalis, Inc., a workflow innovator in digital printing presses. Prior to that, he was vice-president and general manager of Gerber Systems, directing worldwide sales and marketing for Gerber's CTP business; vice-president of corporate systems marketing at Polychrome Corporation; and, vice-president of marketing at DuPont Electronic Imaging Systems (formerly Crosfield Electronics), where he directed product marketing and dealer programs. Frank L. Patello, COO, is a certified public accountant and a senior financial executive with a career spanning nearly 30 years in finance, manufacturing, operations and distribution. He has served as Citiplate’s chief financial officer since 1996, achieving a distinguished record in risk-management, financial-management, and corporate purchasing, as well as in directing human resources, administration, and operations. Previously, Mr. Patello was corporate controller for Hunter Douglas; vice-president of finance for Bally of Switzerland; controller of Charter Publishing; and earlier, a senior auditor at Price, Waterhouse. Citiplate’s worldwide web site is at www.citiplate.com. The company supplies customized CTP offset printing plate formulation solutions to other industry businesses, including high volume resellers, distributors and purchasing groups, and draws upon its wealth of proprietary and patented photopolymer, polymer and manufacturing processes to design CTP plate solutions optimized to the characteristics of leading thermal, violet and UV platesetters, as well as for specific presses, workflows, print applications and resolution requirements. CTP customization’s goal is to optimize the end-user’s CTP platemaking success, ease of use and affordability based on specific CTP market applications, format sizes and special print requirements. Businesses that supply plates to end users find these customized CTP solutions advantageous in building turn-key CTP-plate-plus-platesetter combinations which build maximum customer satisfaction and profitable repeat consumables orders. Among Citiplate’s business-to-business clients are electronics and consumables distributors, volume specialty printers, large purchasing groups and platesetter manufacturers. The firm was founded in 1953 and is privately held.