Accela Appoints Maury Blackman President and Chief Executive Officer

SAN RAMON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 18, 2007 -- Accela, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise software for government, announced today that Maury Blackman has been appointed as Accela's new president and chief executive officer overseeing the company's growth strategy and insuring its position as a leader in the e-government solutions market. Blackman succeeds Dr. Robert P. Lee who held his post since 2002 and will remain on the Accela board of directors.

"Dr. Lee's leadership added tremendous value to this organization during the past five years," said Bob Ausherman, chairman of the Accela board. "He successfully led the company though very important business transformations that resulted in significant growth and maturity for our company, and we look forward to many more years of his involvement as an Accela board member."

Blackman previously served the company as senior vice president of sales and marketing, a position he held since May 2004. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, partner strategy, and customer relations. During his tenure, company sales realized triple digit growth surpassing $40 million in the trailing four quarters and established the company as the leading software maker that connects people to government. Blackman was also elected as a member of the Accela board of directors.

Blackman began his career at Accela in 2000 as the company's vice president of marketing and business development, playing an instrumental role in an acquisition strategy that resulted in the merger of five companies into the Accela enterprise, growing the company installed base accounts to more than 500 agencies in North America. In 2004, Blackman led Accela to be a founding member of the Digital Communities Initiative with industry leaders such as Intel, Cisco, Panasonic, CDW-G, Intermec, and others.

"With more than 500 government agencies empowered by our products and services, Accela is an industry leader in a fast growing sector that aims to take advantage of self services and mobile technologies," said Blackman. "I plan to build upon this market momentum and lead the company towards even greater success."

"I am pleased to see Maury leading Accela," said Dr. Lee. "His knowledge of enterprise software, government business processes, and Accela makes him the ideal candidate to execute the company's growth strategy."

Prior to joining Accela, Blackman was a sales and marketing professional at Investools, formerly Telescan, Inc., and served as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He resides in Danville, California with his wife and their two children.

About Accela

Accela provides innovative, Web-based enterprise software solutions that automate land, permit, and asset management processes for local, state, and federal government agencies of all sizes. Backed by more than 25 years of development and implementation in over 500 agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, Accela products and services empower agencies to increase efficiencies, reduce workload, and provide citizens and businesses with more convenient access to government services. Accela is located in San Ramon, Calif. Accela products can be purchased directly from the GSA Schedule Contract #GS-35F-0249R. For more information, please visit


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