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Shannon Cook joins HPG as HR Director

RALEIGH, NC (July 11th, 2008) – Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG), the largest locally owned and managed certified public accounting firm in the Triangle, today announced the addition of Shannon Cook as the Director of Human Resources.

“Shannon brings extensive experience and critical skills to this important role,” said Kent Pittman, HPG Partner and Executive Committee member. HPG advises owner-managed, venture-funded and public companies. We partner with the ownership team to define a successful relationship and develop a plan to meet their needs. “Shannon will be an important member of our team as we continue to grow HPG.”

Shannon Cook joins HPG as a key member of the management team, bringing nine years of experience in the human resources field. Ms. Cook was previously Director of Human Resources at Showtime Networks, and holds a Professional Certification – HR Management from UCLA.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):

HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. Furthermore, Business Leader magazine ranked HPG as the fifth most successful small business in North Carolina in 2008. HPG is able to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients through the CPAmerica firm network of 701 offices worldwide. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax, and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, and providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. Visit www.hpg.com.