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10:48am EDT May 25, 2004

Freedman earns
humanitarian award

Eugene Freedman, founding chairman of Enesco Group Inc. a gift, collectible and home decor company, received the prestigious Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The award, presented to business and philanthropic leaders, including six U.S. presidents, is given for outstanding leadership and support for educational and youth development programs, especially for boys and girls from disadvantaged circumstances.

Freedman was presented with the Award March 16 in Maui, Hawaii. He was recognized for his vision for making the world a better place for children one "Precious Moment" at a time; his visionary leadership in strengthening the BGCA marketing strategies to further their mission; and his heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of our nation's disadvantaged youths.

This award is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Boys & Girls Clubs, and is named for Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States. Hoover served as chairman of the clubs' national organization for 28 years, and worked to expand the Boys Club Movement across the country. Recipients of the award include President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President George H. W. Bush, General Colin Powell and Jack Kemp.

Daniel Chapa III, former president of Bank of America Business Credit, joined Hilco Appraisal Services LLC as partner. Chapa assumes a leadership role in business development. Hilco Appraisal Services is North America's largest appraiser of business assets. He managed the primary lending business of Bank of America Business Credit in the Midwest region from 1999 until 2001, when he was named president of the national organization. In 1987, he joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the Dallas office, where he managed the workout and liquidation of real estate loans from various failed financial institutions.

Navigant Consulting Inc.'s board of directors elected Julie M. Howard executive vice president and chief operating officer. Howard previously served as vice president and human capital officer. As COO, Howard is responsible for the overall management of company operations, including practice group operations, planning and human capital development. She will continue to serve as chair of the Navigant Consulting Management committee.

Howard has worked for professional services firms since 1986 and has extensive experience in litigation and business consulting environments. She began her career as a consultant before serving in numerous management positions, primarily focused on business operations and human capital management.

Robert J. Kelly joined NovaMed Inc.'s board of directors. Kelly has more than 30 years experience as a senior financial executive, including 25 years with an international information technology company, Bull HN Information Systems Inc., and four years with a global medical products company, Summit Autonomous Inc. Summit Autonomous specialized in excimer lasers and other products used to treat vision problems. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Equity Office Properties Trust promoted Diane M. Morefield to senior vice president - Chicago region. Morefield has served Equity Office as senior vice president-investor relations since the company's initial public offering in 1997. She has more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience and will be responsible for the strategy, financial performance, management and leasing for Equity Office's Chicago Region portfolio.

Netcom Inc.'s board of directors elected Bob Cantarutti to succeed John Victor as president and CEO. He most recently served as CEO for Aqivo, a mobile connectivity software firm. Cantarutti has more than 25 years in communications technology companies. Prior to Aqivo, he served as vice president Nortel, Optical Networks and Access, where he developed and implemented a new business unit, which grew to $3 billion in two years. He also held positions at DSC, Alcatel and Motorola.

William J. Casey Jr., vice president of Zurich, North America, a commercial property-casualty insurance provider, was elected president of the board of the Casualty and Surety Club of New York. Casey served as the organization's first vice president in 2003.

As president, he will plan and lead initiatives to expand the growing reach of the club, which was established in 1909 to foster and solidify intra-industry partnership and dialogue in the New York metropolitan area. The Casualty and Surety Club also provides nearly a dozen substantial scholarships to college students across the country as part of its financial aid program to promote the study and pursuit of careers in insurance and risk management.

CCC Information Services Group Inc. named David L. Harbert interim chief financial officer following the departure of Reid Simpson.

Harbert, with more than 30 years of broad financial leadership experience in the software and manufacturing industries, most recently served as CFO for several portfolio companies of Citigroup Venture Capital, including FastenTech Inc., Paper-Pak Products Inc. and Delco Remy International Inc. He has also served as CFO for several publicly traded companies, including Applied Power Inc. and SSA Inc., a software company. Additionally, he has held executive positions with Tenneco Automotive and GenCorp.