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Press Release: Intertech's Andrew Troelsen and Tom Barnaby Named among the "Most Valuable Professionals" by Microsoft

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Eagan, Minnesota Nov. 15, 2004 --- If you¹re in need of information about Microsoft and its products, "Who you gonna call?" The answer, says Microsoft, is Andrew Troelsen and Tom Barnaby of Intertech . Both men were recently named among its "Most Valuable Professionals," which recognizes professionals who are "consistently active and credible experts in worldwide technical communities." The MVP recognition also rewards those professionals who "demonstrate technical passion and an enthusiasm to share their expertise about Microsoft products."

"I am pleased to recognize both Andrew Troelsen and Tom Barnaby as two of our most valuable professionals," said Sean O¹Driscoll, global director of MVP and technical communities at Microsoft Corp. "MVPs represent the voice, strength and value of the Microsoft customer ­ the true spirit of technical communities. They possess an infectious passion to inspire others to realize their full potential."

Tom Salonek, president of Intertech , noted that the MVP recognition is fairly rare. "Only about 1,500 professional around the world have received this recognition from Microsoft. We¹re obviously delighted that the company chose to nominate and select two of our people. Andrew and Tom both are world-class professionals, established and respected technical authors and outstanding software architects and instructors. This recognition couldn¹t be more deserved," said Salonek.

Troelsen is the international and best-selling author of C# and the .NET Platform, which won the 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award for Programming Book of the Year and was a 2002 Jolt Award finalist. His book has been translated into nine languages and currently is being updated for the third edition. Troelsen also is the author of Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Platform: An Advanced Guide, and COM and .NET. He also is the best-selling ATL/COM author of Developer¹s Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0. Troelsen teaches and mentors enterprise web developers at leading U.S. organizations in his capacity as an instructor at Intertech . His training clients include NASA, Microsoft Corporation, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Wells Fargo and the Mayo Clinic. Troelsen is a partner at Intertech and is responsible for managing the company¹s publishing partnership with Apress (www.apress.com), a California-based publishing company.

Tom Barnaby is an instructor and software architect at Intertech. He has written several books, including Distributed .NET Programming in C# and Applied .NET Attributes. He has developed courses on Visual Basic .NET, C# and distributed .NET programming for Intertech clients, including Lockheed Martin, Target Corporation, ThoughtWorks and Microsoft. Barnaby is a member of the INETA Speaker¹s Bureau and presents to .NET user groups across the nation. He also is a regular speaker at national conferences and events, including VSLive and DevDays. He was recently recognized by the regional Microsoft office as a charter member of the "Twin Cities Developer¹s Roundtable," which includes the most influential and well-known developers, speakers and authors in the region.

Intertech (www.Intertech.com) is the largest training company for developers in Minnesota and a leading national training company. Its client companies comprise 15 percent of the Fortune 500 and include such organizations as NASA, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft and Intel and other major companies around the United States. Intertech instructors frequently publish training books as part of the Intertech Instructor Series through its' partnership with Apress.

Growth continues to be strong at Intertech. Company revenues are targeted for $5 million in 2004, up from $4.3 million in 2003.

In addition, the company is frequently listed in "Fast Growth" competitions and "Top" lists, including 2003 The Business Monthly, Top Computer Training Firms, #4; 2003 The Business Journal, Top 25 Computer Training Firms, #6; 2003 Minnesota Technology Fast 50, #33; 2002 Minnesota Technology Fast 50, #16; 2002 The Business Journal, Top 25 Computer Training Firms, #9; 2001 Minnesota Technology Fast 50, #11; 2001 The Business Journal, Top 25 Computer Training Firms, #16; 2001 Inc. 500, #286; 2001 Forbes ASAP, #440; 2000 Inc. 500, #243; 2000 Forbes ASAP, #335; 2000 Minnesota Technology Fast 50, #16.

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