Emerald Asset Management Holds Annual Investment Forum

  Emerald Asset Management Holds Annual Investment Forum

16th Annual Emerald Asset Management Groundhog Day Investment Forum

Business Wire

LANCASTER, Pa. -- February 04, 2009

Emerald Asset Management will hold it’s Sixteenth Annual Emerald Groundhog Day
Investment Forum on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick
Hotel in Philadelphia. “Energy and passion are hallmarks of the Emerald
Groundhog Day Investment Forum,” said Emerald Founder and CEO, Joseph E.
Besecker. “The core theme of the Forum will be ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ as
we discuss how the economy, the financial markets, and specific industries
will respond to the challenges of the past year,” added Mr. Besecker.

The Forum will showcase investment opportunities in some of the Mid-Atlantic
region’s fastest growing companies, as well as industry leaders from across
the country. Senior management teams fromover 25 public and private
companiesare scheduled to make 30-minute formal presentations during
concurrent sessions. The Emerald Groundhog Day Investment Forum provides a
unique opportunity for portfolio managers, analysts, and investment industry
professionals to interact with senior executives representing a wide array of
industries including financial services, consumer goods, capital goods, life
sciences, technology, utilities, and infrastructure. In addition, analysts
from Emerald will be sharing their views on the most compelling growth
opportunities for the coming year.

The Forum will feature keynote presentations during the dinner program from
Rob McCord, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Joel Naroff,
President of Naroff Economic Advisers. Mr. McCord became the 45^th Treasurer
of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in January 2009. Prior to that, Mr. McCord
served as a Senior Executive at Safeguard Scientifics, led the Eastern
Technology Council, founded the Eastern Technology Fund, and served as
co-founder and Managing Director of Pennsylvania Early Stage Partners. Mr.
Naroff is a nationally recognized and award winning economist, with recent
accolades including being named the Lawrence Klein Award winner for Blue Chip
forecasting excellence in 2008, the Bloomberg Business News 2008 Top Economic
Forecaster, and the Top Economic Forecaster by MSNBC in 2007.

The Sixteenth Annual Emerald Groundhog Day Investment Forum will also feature
the ninth annual presentation of the “E-3” Awards. The E-3 (Emerald,
Entrepreneurial and Excellence) Award presentations will recognize corporate
leaders from both the public and private company sectors who exemplify
entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to excellence. In addition, Emerald
Stage2 Ventures, which is affiliated with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners
of Southeast Pennsylvania and Emerald Asset Management, will host the Greater
Philadelphia Venture Investors Private Company Investor Showcase featuring
presentations from more than ten leading privately-held companies.

This year’s Forum is being sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP, Sturdivant & Co.,
Boenning & Scattergood, Inc., Forward Management, Janney Montgomery Scott,
Commerce Bank, and Trout, Ebersole & Groff LLP.

Emerald Asset Management is a diversified investment services company that
operates through its three subsidiary Advisors: Emerald Advisers, Inc.,
Emerald Mutual Fund Advisers Trust and Emerald Fixed Income Advisers, LLC.
With over $1.5 billion in assets under management, Emerald Advisory Services
offers a series of research-driven investment products through institutional
separate accounts and sub-advising mutual funds, including the Forward Growth
Fund (HSPGX), and the Forward Banking & Finance Fund (HSSAX) within the
Forward Funds Group. Emerald is headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and
operates satellite offices in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh,

Additional information on the Forum, including registration information, can
be found at http://www.teamemerald.com/groundhog.

2009 Emerald Groundhog Day Investment Forum Public Company Presenters:

Aqua America (NYSE:WTR)

Bio-Reference Laboratories (NASDAQ:BRLI)

Diamond Foods (NASDAQ:DMND)

Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC)


Interdigital (NASDAQ:IDCC)

Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ:ICGE)

Jarden Corp. (NYSE:JAH)

Marvel Entertainment (NYSE:MVL)

Michael Baker Corp. (AMEX:BKR)

Skinny Nutritional (OTCBB:SKNY)

ViroPharma (NASDAQ:VPHM)

WisdomTree Investments (Pink Sheets:WSDT)


Emerald Asset Management
Joseph Garner, 717-396-1116
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