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Southern Growth Studio Hires President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Graber Southern Growth Studio 901.726.1008 michael@southerngrowthstudio.com

Southern Growth Studio Names New President

Memphis, Tenn. (9.17.12) Mark Levine has been hired as President of Southern Growth Studio, a strategic growth firm with offices in Memphis, Tenn. Mister Levine will lead the Studios Strategic Analysis and Quantitative team, as well as play a key role in the firms culture and client relationship management. Marks experience, skill set, and drive are a powerful combination, said Jocelyn Atkinson, co-founder of Southern Growth Studio. His depth of work in the M&A, corporate strategy, and financial modeling areas is almost as impressive as his unbeatable work ethic and positive attitude. The Southern Growth Studio is a one-of-a-kind firm in the Mid-Southand the opportunity to be at the intersection of strategic planning, innovation, field research, and brand planning for some of the fastest growing companies in the region and globe, explained Levine, is a dream position. Where else can you work with consumer anthropologists, design thinkers, economists, and brand planners who create new areas of real growth for companiesits exhilarating and rewarding work. Levine comes to the Studio from ServiceMaster, where he was most recently Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and also previously served as Director of Strategy & Business

Development. Prior to ServiceMaster, Mark was Director of Business Development for Guardian Pharmacy, responsible for sourcing and executing acquisitions for a longterm care pharmacy business that was twice named one of Atlantas 20 fastest growing companies during his tenure. He has also worked at The Home Depot in finance and strategy roles and as a financial consultant at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Managing partner of the Studio, Michal Graber, adds, We were fortunate to receive resumes from candidates all over the U.S.from global companies and consultancies. Mark won our confidence with his depth of experience, mix of drive and humility, and leadership demeanor. He also shares the Studios mission of wanting to see the region flourish. About Southern Growth Studio Southern Growth Studio is a strategic growth consultancy. The firm helps clients from a variety of industries translate market opportunities into action plans for growth. Insisting on rigorous, measurable strategies, Southern Growth Studio inspires and focuses clients, helping them innovate their business, gain market share, and grow top-line revenue. For more information please visit www.southerngrowthstudio.com.