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--Four Promoted to Assistant Vice President--

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce four internal promotions all effective immediately:

· Keith Frazier has been named Assistant Vice President, Audit and Control. Frazier has been with the AKC for eight years and has held various positions within the company including Assistant Director and Director of AKC/CAR. Most recently he was a Senior Consultant in AKC’s Internal Consulting Group. Frazier holds a BS/BA in Marketing from East Carolina University. He resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife Shannon. They are expecting their first child this spring.

· Connie Pearcy has been named Assistant Vice President, Internal Consulting Group. Pearcy began at AKC in 1998. She started as a Programmer, was promoted to Principle Software Engineer, and served as Manager of Database Services and Network Operations. Most recently, she was the Group Leader for AKC's Internal Consulting Group. Pearcy is a graduate of Duke University. She lives in Durham, NC with her partner, Tanja and her two children.

· Robin Stansell has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Event Operations. Stansell has been involved in the world of purebred dogs for over 25 years. He owned and showed Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, and has held every club position within specialty and all-breed clubs including National Specialty Show Chair. Prior to his employment with AKC, Stansell was an AKC-licensed judge of the Non-Sporting Group, Toy Poodles and Junior Showmanship. Stansell began at AKC as an Executive Field Representative and was promoted to Director of Conformation Rules and Policy, followed by a promotion to Director of Event Operations. He resides in Raleigh, NC.

· Tom Sharp has been named to Assistant Vice President, Compliance. Sharp joined AKC over seven years ago. For the majority of this time, he worked within the AKC DNA Operations department being promoted from Manager to Assistant Director to Director of DNA Operations. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Consultant for AKC’s Internal Consulting Group. Sharp holds an MBA from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Cary, NC with his wife, Ashley and their two daughters.

“These four individuals are experienced professionals with solid backgrounds at the American Kennel Club who possess excellent leadership skills and a dedication to teamwork,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “AKC is committed to providing continued opportunities and advancement for its employees. We are highly confident in the abilities of these individuals and their commitment to the American Kennel Club.”