Leasing News---www.leasingnews.org Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Commercial Money Center Has Completed Its Verbal Commitment
Bill Hanson has honored his commitment as stated on "Meet the Leasing
There are checks that brokers are requesting and vendors requesting, and
there are some legal matters regarding withdrawals and also some other
issues, and Leasing News have reviewed several of the cases to state that
Bill Hanson has completed what he said he would do on "Meet the Leasing News
Leasing News Will Not Divulge Our Sources
RW Professional Lawsuit Up-Date
On or about August 23, 2001, Rich Tambor, Sr. Vice-President of American
Express Small Business Services, conducted a conference call with the all
personnel within his division. In that call, Mr. Tabor referred to issues
with the RW Professional Leasing portfolio and Republic Group of Anaheim,
California that were being addressed by American Express. This quickly
became common knowledge in the leasing industry since the industry is close
knit. At this point, RW Professional became known to Leasing News, as we
were not familiar with this company at all.
We asked our sources at American Express, American Express Business Finance,
former collectors, salesmen, managers, directors, officers. at what was once
known as First Sierra, plus presidents of several companies involved, who
spoke to us on a confidential basis, plus our advisory board. RW
Professional was a public issue and as such, RW Professional became a
"public figure" subject to public discussion and speculation.
Leasing News was given this statement to publish:
"A high ranking executive with Amex has verified that Amex is investigating
possible problems with the portfolios of RW Professional Leasing and the
Republic Group. There is no cover up attempt on the part of Amex, but in
fairness to everyone, the issues have to be thoroughly investigated before
any public comment can be made".
American Express Spokesman Statement----Name Withheld
October 1, 2001 Leasing News wrote: "...We are receiving reports that RW
Professional Leasing has filed bankruptcy, and the principal(s) have started
another leasing company. We are looking forward to verifying this..." We
explained why, as it was part of several stories we were working on; two
still in the works.
We had received a tip, confirmed the tip with several well-informed sources,
who also heard the talk on the street. We did not want to publish this until
we could confirm or deny it from RW Professional.
Leasing News attempted to reach RW Professional for a comment. We were
attempting to confirm or deny the "rumor." October 3, 2001. as part of our
story on the inquiry of "AmX Business Finance Mid/Am Portfolio Bond
Insurance", we wrote, "As a side note, I am surprised there has not been a
reader who has taken me to task for saying " we look forward to the RW
Professional bankruptcy confirmation . We had originally ask
for a confirmation or denial and this was an attempt to "smoke out " a
The main purpose was to up-date readers, and hopefully get a confirmation
or denial as no comment was forthcoming from RW Professional.
The bankruptcy data we searched could find no record. Everyone
we spoke to seems to have heard the rumor, but we still could
not officially confirm or deny it as RW Professional didn't want
to speak to us.
On or about October 12, a fax was received from Salvatore D. Ferlazzo of
Girvin & Ferlazzo representing RW ProfessionalLeasing, stated
Leasing News was "...claiming that RW Professional has filed
for bankruptcy protection. That is absolutely false, and, of course,
defamatory to the business reputation of RW Professional.
Leasing News had not made such a claim, but was trying to confirm
or deny the talk on the street. We tried to reach Mr.Ferlazzo by
telephone, but he was not available. We tried to reach RW Professional
Leasing, but no one was available. We sent several e-mails to Mr. Ferlazzo.
Finally we reached Mr.Ferlazzo by telephone
October 15, we headlined:
"RW Professional Has Not Filed Bankruptcy
"Leasing news heard from Salvatore D. Ferlazzo of Girvin & Ferlazzo,PC,
representing RW Professional Leasing, Long Island, New York. We have been
trying to confirm or deny the rumor floating around the leasing community.
"He says it "ain't so." We have asked him for an official statement or
comment or e-mail or any comment from RW Professional Leasing, as we have
not been able to obtain one."
Mr.Ferlazzo telephoned us back and it was not a "retraction" they
were seeking, he told me. Basically Mr. Ferlazzo said his client
"Barry Drayer" would not pursue the matter if I told him who were the
sources of the rumor.
Peter S. Hemar, of Hemar Associates in Santa Monica, agreed to
represent us gratis. December 13,2001 we received a summons
from Richard L.Weiner, Encino, California representing
Mr. Hemar contacted him, and the gist was basically the same,
this could be settled if Leasing News divulged who was
"spreading rumors." In our viewpoint, wehad heard it,
tried to verify it, and really don't know who originally
started the claim, which we were trying to confirm or deny.
Now we are served with a lawsuit, deposition and order to
produce documents. Unfortunately, Leasing News is at point
that we will have to seek a new attorney. Ken Greene, on
our advisory board, has agreed to help out in the interim,
as we cannot continue with Mr. Hemar, who also represents
American Express and American Express Business Financial,
paying clients. It is not fair to put him in this position,
although he has been generous with his time and effort.
The fact is the Leasing News sources include officers
of American Express, American Express Business Finance,
present and past officers, past managers, collection
personnel, and salesmen of American Express, American
Express Business Finance, First Sierra and Sierra Cities.com,
Old Kent Financial, plus present and past presidents of these
It was alleged that Leasing News has a "vendetta" against
Barry Drayer, which is not true. I personally do not
know him and until doing some research today, was not
even aware of what the company does, as I originally
thought they were in the medical leasing market place.
Again, Leasing News attempted to obtain a comment
from RW Professional Leasing, twice on Thursday, and
was told to speak with Mr. Weiner, who was not available,
although we did leave a voice mail early morning with him,
and now learn he will only talk to us through our attorney.
This is what we know publicly about the company:
Sales are stated at $10 to $20 million per year and the
geographic area is National. They are direct lessors
specializing in computer, medical, and office equipment,
in the "small ticket" and "vendor program" marketplace.
RW PROFESSIONAL LEASING CORP.
Ms. Rochelle Besser4584 Austin BlvdP.O. Box 296Island Park, NY 11558Phone:
(800) 431-4319Fax: (888) 443-4190 Business Council: · Small Ticket
Function Code: · Marketing · Sales
RW PROFESSIONAL LEASING CORP.
Mr. Adam DrayerCredit Analyst4584 Austin BlvdIsland Park, NY 11558Phone:
(800) 343-4319Fax: (888) 443-4190 Business Council: · Small Ticket
Function Code: · Collections · Credit
RW PROFESSIONAL LEASING CORP.
Mr. Barry DrayerVP445 Washington StreetWellesley, MA 02181Phone: (800)
343-4353Fax: (800) 822-3127 Business Council: · Small Ticket · Vendor
Programs Function Code: · Corporate Executive
If readers can fill us in with other information, or anything that might be
helpful "on" or "off the record," it would be appreciated.
Kit Menkin, editor/publisher
American Express earnings miss analysts' reduced estimate
By Eileen Alt Powell, Associated Pres
NEW YORK (AP) American Express said Monday that its earnings for the fourth
quarter and the year were down significantly because of the drop in travel
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The giant financial services company said its net profits totaled $297
million, or 22 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, a 56 percent drop from
a year earlier. The results were a penny a share below the estimate from
analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial/First Call.
In the year-earlier period, earnings were $677 million, or 50 cents a share.
American Express stock fell 70 cents, or nearly 2 percent, to $36.29 at the
close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The earnings report said the company's fourth-quarter results included a
$279 million pretax restructuring charge to cover the elimination of about
6,800 jobs 300 more than earlier announced and to consolidate real estate
facilities after the staff reduction.
Analysts had lowered their earnings estimates for the company after American
Express announced in December that it would record charges in the
October-December quarter for further jobs cuts.
During the year, American Express eliminated 14,500 positions, or 16 percent
of the work force that totaled 88,500 at the start of 2001.
The company said the latest job cuts were mainly in its travel business and
''reflect the sharp slowdown in that sector'' since the Sept. 11 attacks on
the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Chairman and chief executive Kenneth I. Chenault said in a statement
accompany the earnings report that results ''reflected the overall weakness
in the economy throughout the year and the sharp slowdown in consumer
spending, business travel and investment activity after the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11.''
He said the company was being cautious in its projections of recovery this
year. Many economists believe that the economic recession that began in
March last year will end in the current quarter.
''While we are seeing signs of improvement in volumes, we are continuing to
take a cautious view and expect the economy to remain weak throughout
2002,'' Chenault's statement said. ''With that in mind, we have lowered our
risk profile and made some important changes in our business that will
position us for good earnings growth in a lower revenue growth
American Express executives have been functioning from temporary offices in
and around New York City since their headquarters in the World Financial
Center was damaged in the collapse of the World Trade Center. The company
expects to begin returning to its headquarters building in April.
Earnings for the year were $1.31 billion, or 98 cents a share, down 53
percent from $2.81 billion, or $2.07 a share, reported in 2000.
American Express said that its full-year results were hurt by a $1.01
billion pretax charge in the first half to write off losses in the American
Express Financial Advisors portfolio; $631 million in restructuring charges
in the second half, and a $98 million pretax cost stemming from the
The company said that excluding the restructuring charges and Sept.
11-related cost, earnings per share would have been $1.34 for the year.
SANCHEZ BUYS EQUIDITY, TO INCORPORATE SOFTWARE
Malvern, PA-based Sanchez Computer Associates Inc. recently announced it has
acquired all the assets of Equidity Inc., including the company's
Java-based, online origination software. Sanchez will incorporate the credit
origination technology into its banking platform, particularly as it relates
to the online origination of loans. Equidity was a privately owned
financial services software company previously based in Sterling, VA. The
J2EE-compliant origination solution Web-enables and automates the
origination process and can be deployed across multiple delivery channels, a
Sanchez news release said. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
First Capital Group
Name = Gary Millhollon
Address = 5601 Office Blvd. Suite 2
City = Albuquerque
State = NM
Zipcode = 87109
Phone = 505-338-2430
Fax = 505-338-2431
Email = firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to congratulate you on your web site.
We are a company based in Albuquerque with 2000 customers in 45 states and 3
foreign countries. We specialize in deals from $250m to $10mm and are cash
flow driven. I founded the company in 1995 and sold it last year to First
Banks of St. Louis, the largest privately owned (non-public) bank in the
country with around $7BB in assets.
We do $100mm per year in new business.
We have seen a significant increase in demand as we have tried to maintain
our quick response and core philosophies during a time when many of our
competitors have failed or experienced troubled times.
We have direct and, on a very select basis, do broker deals. First Capital
Group, Inc. has always been the name of the company---no name change.
( Thank you. Will add this information to the Leasing News List. If
readers note that we have overlooked a change, or if there is a correction
needed, please let us know. editor )
We are trying to build our readership. Please do not assume that everyone
reads us. We do not Spam or advertise so the only way our readership is
built is by "word of mouth" ---meaning our readers send a copy to a friend
or recommendtheir friend read us. The news is also on line at
To get on our mailing list, please send to email@example.com
We are free. No ads or banners.
Tuesday --Odds and Ends
Mike Cumby asked me to update you on our growth over the past 9 months.
We are now at 74 people in Toronto , Tampa , Denver and Sydney
We have started implementation of our plan to add 10 more staff over the
next 6 months in North America and Europe.
If you need further information or confirmation, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
VP Business Development
Funder OnLine Corp.
( Now up-dated at: http://www.leasingnews.org/elease/software.htm )
Leasing News wanted to know how many are in the leasing business. At
one time, we heard there existed a mailing list of 8,500 names. We asked
the expert, Barbara Low, who publishes Lease Source Book
(This is the only true list of leasing companies, nut just members of an
association, or advertisers who paid to be listed.
$135---for more info, go to: http://www.leasingsourcebook.com/
or 781-259-0524 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
I did some counts of our database. We have about 6000 firms--many of whom
never completed questionnaires so we don't know specifically what they are
up to. (Some are lawyers, remarketers, software developers, etc.)
Of the firms that have responded to our questionnaire for various Sourcebook
editions, 1271 listed themselves as lessors or brokers; it is possible that
they had other roles as well.
We have names of 11,500 individuals in the database that are associated with
the various firms.
You may quote these numbers. We'd be happy to speak to anyone who would like
us to do custom searches or mailing list rentals for them.
Cross your fingers for the Pats this weekend -- the ultimate underdogs!
Barbara B. Low
Leasing News Funding Directory????
With all you guys do for the leasing broker, why don't you have a
funding source directory, with current direct funding sources and even a
super broker section?
( Perhaps I should put this in our F.A.Q. section, as it is one of
the most often asked questions, specifically where can I send
this deal, or the other end, tell your readers we do....
Number one, we are an electronic newspaper. Our website has other
features, such as a bulletin board for complaints, a classified section
to help people find work, help companies find people, outsourcing,
even a good attorney, the list of companies no longer in business,
past articles and features. We also promote equipment leasing
associations and have a lot on this, plus eLease.
This takes a lot of time to keep current. We have considered an "alert"
section for frauds, but really don't have the time to keep it current. We
have been printing them when received and confirmed.
I personally am not in favor of Leasing News having a list.
The funders have to pay for them, so not everyone is listed. We
don't want to start taken advertising. I also note many listed
on such lists are really not "funders." Some you should never do
business with, and we would not want to list them and to refuse,
might bring up a "restraint of trade.".
More importantly, there are several solid associations that you should
join that have funders who meet their code of ethics and standards---and
if not, they get expelled. You then get in "effect" an "approved" funder.
On a personal note, leasing is relationships. This means you build
up your funding sources not for one deal, but for many; for the long
term. And the best way to start is to attend a leasing association
conference or funding retreat and meet them.
From my experience, it takes at least three leases to learn the routine,
about six months or more to understand what they like and don't like,
and to learn their personality when you have your first problem with
them---such as slow pay, default, wrong equipment or only partial
equipment, all the things that happen in the industry that you try
We just went through a period where everyone thought all they had to
do was find a funder who would take anything, from application only
to ATM or owner-operator trailer, and life would be grand. Those days
will be gone for a year or two. This is the age of the birth of
small lessors, investment groups, regional bank funding, and looking
for business that will pay out without a hassle.
I strongly recommend you join a leasing association
and learn from your colleagues, plus make new contacts and friends.
If you want a full list, : http://www.leasingsourcebook.com/
bibliotech ( see e-mail from publisher above )
This source has a shorter version on the United States leasing companies,
but is rich in Foreign Countries www.worldpublications.org
201-531-0760 fax 201-531-0827
Thank you for publishing my request for information on Terminal Marketing.
I had no idea that you touched so many people throughout our industry. The
responses I received were overwhelming!
C2 Capital Corp.
(I would like to hear from all Brokers, End Users, Vendors and former
employees that feel they have been damaged by Terminal Marketing or their
assignees. This case seems to be getting bigger and bigger by the day.
Please contact me via email or phone.
( example of trend of private leasing investor group activity )
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Peabodys Secures Lease Financing for Future Growth
ROCKLIN, Calif--Peabodys Coffee Inc. (OTCBB:PBDY) announced today that it
has reached an agreement with a private group of investors who will provide
the company with up to $300,000 of lease financing for the purchase of
equipment and kiosks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Peabodys Chairman and CFO, Todd Tkachuk, commented: "We are very pleased
with the leasing arrangement as it opens the door for us to accelerate
growth. Additionally, this group of investors are very active and have
proven themselves capable of creating opportunities, such as being
introduced to Marathon Global."
Peabodys President and CEO, Cliff Young, commented: "This leasing
arrangement is exactly what we needed. It enables us to free up cash and
puts us in a position to move on new business opportunities without delay."
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company's
anticipated plans in the organic coffee market. These statements are subject
to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Among the
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are consumer
acceptance of the Company's organic coffee products; the Company's ability
to fund and manage any further expansion of its organic coffee market
efforts; the seasonality of coffee sales; and the effects of competition.
Investors are advised to consult the Company's periodic reports to the SEC
for additional discussion of the Company's business risks. Readers should
not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect
management's view only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no
obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances.
Peabodys Coffee Inc., Rocklin
Tony Francel, 941/698-0158
McGloin Plans New Leasing Group
National Penn Bank is pleased to announce the advancement of Paul W. McGloin
to group executive vice president and chief lending officer for the bank and
its divisions. He will continue to serve as division president for the Main
Line/Chestnut Hill/Philadelphia region.
"We are very excited about Paul's new role as chief lending officer," said
Glenn E. Moyer, president and chief operating officer. "Based on his drive
for results and proven successes, Paul's banking expertise and strong
commitment to customer service will enhance the banking experience that our
customers expect from National Penn Bank."
McGloin brings a vast banking experience of nearly 30 years to this
position. As chief lending officer, he will oversee the commercial lending
function at National Penn Bank, which includes the commercial real estate
group, the manufacturing group and the international banking group. McGloin
also plans to complete the formation of a new equipment leasing group.
McGloin was also named to the Bank's Management, Executive Credit, and
In maintaining his duties as regional president, he provides executive
oversight for consumer and commercial relationship development, credit
underwriting and approval, product development, and marketplace
"In the past 27 years, I have worked in both small and large banks
throughout the Philadelphia region. I am proud to be with National Penn
Bank, a bank that recognizes customer service as its most important
responsibility," said McGloin. "We provide our customers with the best of
both worlds - the personalized service you'd expect at a small bank, and the
technology and products found at a large bank."
McGloin began his banking career at American Bank and Trust Co. of PA, a
predecessor to Meridian Bank, in 1975 where he last served as division
president for the Philadelphia region. Upon Meridian's merger with
CoreStates, McGloin served as the chief risk policy officer. Most recently,
he was managing director of capital markets for First Union Bank, serving
large corporate customers on a national basis.
A Certified Public Accountant, McGloin graduated with an accounting degree
from Drexel University. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine and the Foundation for Architecture. McGloin is a
member of the American Bankers Association, Pennsylvania Bankers Association
and the American Institute of CPAs.
Additional information about the National Penn family is available at
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MicroBilt to Offer Experian's Custom Strategist Suite
MicroBilt, leading provider of credit access and reporting products,
announced it has begun offering Experian's Custom Strategist product, now
available to the financial services industry through MicroBilt's Software
Developer's Kit (SDK). Experian, is a leading global information solutions
To optimize credit decisions in a competitive environment, lenders need
access to sophisticated, customizable decisioning tools. Experian's Custom
Strategist is a powerful decisioning service that meets the complex needs of
sophisticated credit grantors. Using a service bureau platform, Custom
Strategist allows credit grantors to implement their own credit approval and
pre-approval strategies within a few days through MicroBilt's SDK and then
provide automatic response times in under three seconds to end users.
MicroBilt's SDK is a suite of tools designed to integrate credit reporting
and retrieval into a credit application or website. MicroBilt continues to
add value through the SDK with releases such as Custom Strategist, which
provides the capability of using custom or generic models. Superior fraud
detection is accomplished with the use of Experian's Fraud Shield fraud
indicators. Credit grantors can choose from up to 22 fraud indicator
messages that can be used as part of the decisioning or display.
"We are very pleased that MicroBilt has added Custom Strategist to their
Software Developer's Kit," said Lyn Porter, VP of decision solutions
marketing at Experian. "With access to these decisioning tools through the
SDK, MicroBilt's customers can incorporate Custom Strategist for their
account opening process while automatically pre-approving and cross selling
the right products to the right prospects."
"We are delighted to release Experian's Custom Strategist through our
Software Developer's Kit to our MicroBilt customers," states Ken Hill,
president of MicroBilt. "Custom Strategist is a robust, versatile decision
making tool. It will maximize our client's account openings. The ability to
customize products offered and then instantly approve and cross-sell
products within risk management and lending strategies unique to an
institution are ideal for our client base," said Hill.
For more information, visit Experian's website at www.experian.com. For more
information, contact MicroBilt, visit their website at www.microbilt.com.
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Parker Leasing Still Advertising
USA Today--January 25, 2002 Business Opportunities Classified Section
INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL AVAILABLE
Need Operating/Venture Capital
an Equip. Lease, Sale/Leaseback?
Call the very best @ (954)565-7600
for a free information package.
Parker Leasing & Financing
Fort Lauderdale, Florida U.S.A.
Walter Unterweger NEWS told us the total dollar figure is now $1 million
dollars out of pocket by the soccer club president .Part of this is the
deposit to Parker Leasing, he claims. We were never able to get Parker
Leasing to make any comment. There were articles in the newspaper, but we
do not read
Here is the original posting on our bulletin board:
"As I told you the Austrian soccer club FC Tirol has announced to receive 15
Million Dollar from Parker Leasing. The truth is that the club did not get
at least one dollar so far.
"On the other hand the clubs president, Mr. Martin Kerscher, transferred
already 650.000 dollar to a bank account in Florida ? as a deposit ? as he
announced. Strange!!!??? But I guess now he awake and he is trying to get
the money back. The chance for success is very little. Kerscher get a lot of
pressure because he is manager with Nike sports responsible for Austria,
Slowenia and Croatia.
"I would say he is currently pretty helpless. Kerscher cooperates with an
English consulter who built up the contact to Parker Leasing. His name is
Ian Hethrington. Kerschers last comment to Hethrington: Ian, pull your socks
up, because shit is boiling here.
"And: The Austrian soccer league is thinking about taking them away the
Walter Unterweger NEWS"
***NEW!***Association of Government Leasing & Finance Insta-T.E.L.L.
-Check out www.aglf.org - the association's website for a new feature
On the home page will be a series of up to date teaser articles from
around the nation that may affect Government Leasing and Financing.
In addition, some fringe articles will be found there on the home page -
this is due to some of the search words we have selected, but for the most
part it will be pertinent to Association of Government Leasing and Finance
and its members.
Click on the "Press Room" link and find even more headlines from around
the nation. These articles are constantly updated and Insta-T.E.L.L. is a
free service of the association.
Used Cars On Line
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Kelley Blue Book, Reynolds and Reynolds Launch Real-time Dealer Used Car
Dealers Can Showcase Used Car Inventory
On kbb.com, the Nation's Most Popular Automotive Site
Kelley Blue Book today announced a new version of kbb.com's popular Blue
Book Classifieds, developed in partnership with The Reynolds and Reynolds
Company (NYSE:REY), the leading provider of integrated information
management solutions to the automotive retailing marketplace.
Through the agreement, auto dealers will be able to show consumers used cars
they have for sale on the same day the dealers place the cars into their
inventory. Dealers can also remove cars from consumer view the same day they
get sold. This real-time interaction addresses the most common consumer
complaint: inaccurate inventory.
Reynolds AutoMark Web Services will provide the technology for Blue Book
Classifieds, as well as used vehicle listings from many of its nationwide
network of dealer clients.
Blue Book Classifieds has been successful in connecting used car shoppers
with auto dealers. Nearly a million car buyers use the service each month.
"Our new relationship with Reynolds and Reynolds will enable us to fulfill
the promise of what online classifieds should be about," said Stephen
Henson, vice president of marketing and business development for Kelley Blue
Book. "The reason car buyers use the Internet is to see more up-to-date and
more in-depth information about cars than possible in newspaper classifieds
and other publications. kbb.com will become the leader in this important
Greg Collins, senior vice president, Reynolds and Reynolds, said, "We are
pleased to work with Kelley Blue Book in the development of kbb.com's Blue
Book Classifieds. Our dealership customers will benefit greatly by being
able to tap into the tremendous number of consumers using kbb.com. This
relationship extends our vision we articulated earlier this month when we
announced the Reynolds Generations Series, our new family of solutions and
services -- that of a seamless and convenient approach for consumers in
researching and buying a car."
Visitors to kbb.com first select "Buy A Used Car" and then use Blue Book
Classifieds to search for the availability of vehicles in their local area.
They can then contact the selling dealer. State-of-the-art technology from
Reynolds and Reynolds "polls" dealer used car inventories daily to make sure
the information consumers are seeing is the most timely on the Web. The new
user interface will also enable consumers to see "closest matches" to their
search and other "fuzzy logic" capabilities.
ABOUT REYNOLDS AND REYNOLDS: Reynolds and Reynolds, headquartered in Dayton,
Ohio, is the leading provider of integrated information management solutions
to the automotive retailing marketplace. The company's services include a
full range of retail and enterprise management systems, networking and
support, e-business applications, Web services, learning and consulting
services, customer relationship management solutions, document management
and leasing services.
ABOUT KELLEY BLUE BOOK: Based in Irvine, Calif., Kelley Blue Book is relied
on by both consumers and the automotive industry, as the trusted resource
for car-buying research and information. The company is currently
celebrating its 75th anniversary. Its website, kbb.com is the number one
automotive site in the nation, according to Nielsen//NetRatings and Jupiter
Media Metrix. Over four million unique visitors generate nearly 30 million
pricing reports per month. For the 4th year in a row, kbb.com is also the
most visited site by consumers who go on to buy both new and used vehicles,
according to research by J.D. Power and Associates.
PFISpindler (for Kelley Blue Book)
Paul Spindler or Bob Chew, 310/553-6684
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Reynolds and Reynolds
Mark Feighery, 937/485-4480
Bledsoe/Brady Poll On Boston.com Surpasses 60,000 Votes; Patriots Fans Urge
Coach Belichick to Start Brady
BOSTON--( --Boston.com, one of the most visited regional portals in the
U.S. and home to thousands of Patriots fans, today announced that its
Bledsoe/Brady poll has received over 60,000 votes since it was posted on
The poll asked, "Who should start at quarterback for the Patriots on
Super Bowl Sunday?" The choices were: 1) Brady, if he's healthy and 2)
Bledsoe, no matter Brady's health. Over 80.9% of the 60,000 votes posted by
4 p.m. today were in support of Brady.
Boston.com will post a new Patriots poll every day this week, and will
showcase interactive tools and exclusive multimedia features as well as
up-to-the-minute reporting from Boston Globe sportswriters. Visitors to
Boston.com this week may:
-- Enter a "Bledsoe/Brady Ball" contest to predict the Pat's QB's Super
Bowl statistics. The Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of tickets to
see the Pats play in their new home at CMGI Field.
-- Participate in daily interactive polls, related message boards, and
-- View a Boston Globe animation of the "Block and Roll" play by Troy
Brown in the second half that extended the Patriot's lead to
-- Access audio and video clips from exclusive Boston.com interviews
and from partner New England Cable News.
-- View Photo Galleries of Boston Globe photos from yesterday's game
and today's Pat's rally on the steps of Boston's State House.
-- Read articles from Boston Globe sports columnists Will McDonough,
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San Francisco Chronicle----
This one might not be over quite as early as New England's first trip to the
Super Bowl -- Chicago 46-10, in 1986. But it could get a little messier than
the Patriots' last trip -- Green Bay 35-21, in 1997. I'll say the Patriots
will be drawn and French Quartered something like 40-17.
For the third time, New England will be the Big Easy in the Big Easy. Las
Vegas makes the Rams a 14 1/2-point favorite and forecasts a high-scoring
game with an over-under of 52.
1990 San Francisco 49ers ( San Francisco 55, Denver 10 )
Highest scoring game
5.7% Gain in New Home Sales
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Sales of new homes climbed to an all-time high last year even as the country
was mired in a recession. Low mortgage rates helped to motivate Americans to
make such a big purchase.
The Commerce Department reported Monday that a record 900,000 new
single-family homes were sold in 2001, a testimony to the resiliency of the
housing market, one of the economy's few bright spots.
Last year's sales performance surpassed the record of 886,000 set in 1998
and represented a 2.6 percent increase from sales registered in 2000.
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