The Vertical Growth Network® Merges With The Sitkins 100™

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Rick Bauman, Founder and President of The Vertical Growth Network®, announced today that effective June 1, 2008, his organization will merge with The Sitkins 100™, to form Sitkins International. Sitkins International is a membership organization advising high performance insurance brokers and agents located in Canada, United States, and Latin America.

Bauman said �We felt it was essential to protect the interests of our Members by securing a long-term ownership structure. Sitkins International brings tremendous new capabilities for our Members � coaching depth, technology, intellectual capital and networking opportunities. I will now be in a position to bring even more energy and capability to my coaching and facilitating role�.

Roger Sitkins, CEO of Sitkins International, said �Rick Bauman and I have enjoyed a ten year working relationship which has been very beneficial to both organizations. This is a very natural evolution of our relationship.�

The combined organization will have over 125 Members throughout the Western Hemisphere, who collectively manage more than $3.5 Billion of insurance premiums. Larry Linne, President of Sitkins International, said �We are excited about what this merger will do for our brand. This strategic decision will allow us to provide more resources and value to the Sitkins International Members�.

In closing, Bauman said �This decision allows us to increase our membership opportunities in Canada. As a result of this combining, for those brokers who qualify, the opportunity for dramatic top-line and bottom-line performance enhancement is even greater!�

For more information, contact Rick Bauman (905) 631-0500, or Patrick Sitkins, (239) 337-2555,