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Engineering America welcomes new advisory board members

Engineering America Enterprises, Inc., a Midwest provider of tanks and process equipment for the municipal and industrial water, wastewater and material handling industries, welcomes three new members to the company's advisory board.

"The addition of these advisory board members will prove to be a valuable resource for gaining critical insight and developing forward-thinking strategy for our company," says Tony Belden, president, Engineering America, Inc., "We look forward to the new perspective the combined experience of Mr. Gegax, Ms. Griffith and Mr. Van Houten will bring to our business in the coming months."

Engineering America is pleased to announce these new board members:

Tom Gegax, best-selling author and founder of Tires Plus Stores, is considered a pioneer of the tough-minded, warm-hearted "coaching" style of management. By the time Mr. Gegax sold the company he founded to Bridgestone/Firestone in July 2000, it had mushroomed from a concept sketched on a restaurant napkin into a market leader with 150 stores in ten states and $200 million in revenue. In addition to writing books on the topic ("Big Book of Small Business" and "Winning in the Game of Life"), Mr. Gegax and his groundbreaking management style have been featured in media across the country, including the New York Times and on ABC, FOX and CNBC.

Sima Griffith, a founder and managing principal of private investment bank Aethlon Capital, has more than 20 years experience in the financial markets - raising in excess of $400 million in private equity capital. Additionally, Ms. Griffith provides valuable expertise on corporate partnering, forming strategic alliances and building management teams. She was the 2007 recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owners (Minnesota chapter) "Luminary Award" and the 2005 Women on Boards "Not for Profit" Director of the Year.

James Van Houten, served as president and CEO of the Mutual Service Insurance Group, a 1,200 employee company with $1.3 billion in assets,  from 1989 until his early retirement in 2002. He has also served as sales manager for Canada with the insurance division of General Motors, vice president of marketing for the non-automotive U.S. subsidiaries of Volkswagen of America among other high-ranking positions within the insurance industry. He is currently serving a six-year term as a trustee for the 382,000 student, $1.7 billion annual budget for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, to which he was appointed by Governor Pawlenty in 2006. In addition to serving on a number of boards, Mr. Van Houten lectures on business management at well-respected institutes of higher learning nationwide and abroad.

"We are pleased to welcome such a distinguished group of professionals to the advisory board," says Travis Hackworthy, president of Engineering America Enterprises, Inc., "Each of them brings a wealth of experience in the areas of finance, marketing, business strategy and management."

Existing Engineering America board members include: Tony Belden, Travis Hackworthy, vice president, Andy Cunningham and CFO, Mark Lindgren.
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