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Monday, May 14, 2007

Six Disciplines Leadership Center Franchise Expands in Ohio

Acquisition, expansion offer companies business excellence development throughout state

FINDLAY, OHIO, May 14, 2007 — Six Disciplines Ohio Group, a newly established multi-unit franchise organization, today announced plans to extend the reach of Six Disciplines Leadership Center franchises throughout Ohio by acquiring existing centers in Cleveland and Cincinnati. In addition, the group plans to enter the Columbus market by opening a center there.

The Findlay, Ohio-based Ohio Group, led by Eric Kurjan, is acquiring the centers from the YHY Group. The agreement calls for completion of the transaction by May 31, 2007. Companies that adopt the Six Disciplines™ program will now receive a wide range of business improvement services from a single source.

Six Disciplines offers a unique program that encompasses four elements for long-term success: business-building methodology; continuous accountability coaching; activity management software that inspires individual and team accountability; and the formation of a shared learning community. The program is delivered to small and mid-sized businesses through Six Disciplines Leadership Centers, a nationwide franchise network of accountability coaches who provide ongoing support, mentoring and training for continual improvement.

“With a successful Six Disciplines Leadership Center franchise already operating in Northwest Ohio, we’re pleased to announce plans to broaden our reach throughout Ohio,” said Kurjan, owner of the Ohio Group and president of the Six Disciplines Leadership Center of Northwest Ohio. “There are significant advantages of bringing all of the Ohio Leadership Centers under a single banner. We will be able to improve our services and create a more consistent delivery model for our clients. In addition, we’re beginning to develop plans to expand into the Columbus market,” added Kurjan.

“We see this as another step in building a nationwide network of Six Disciplines Leadership Centers to help organizations plan and execute better,” said Gary Harpst, founder and CEO of Six Disciplines, LLC. “We are eager to work with Eric and his team to develop the first multi-unit, statewide operation of Six Disciplines Leadership Centers, paving the way for future multi-unit arrangements around the country.”

“With this transfer, YHY Group, Inc. is now positioned to focus its efforts on growing their Systems Group Technologies LLC division,” said Mike Yammine, Chief Technology Officer of YHY Group, Inc. Systems Group Technologies is an integrator for ICONICS automation solutions and specializes in Industrial Automation Software and Hardware solutions. “We are in discussions with Six Disciplines, LLC to implement our Iconics BizViz™ suite of industrial and business intelligence products, which bridge the gap between industrial and business information systems. This is a component which can provide “real-time” data helping clients achieve Operational Excellence and coupled with the Six Disciplines Business System will enable organizations to achieve overall Business Excellence.”

About Six Disciplines
Six Disciplines, LLC, founded in 2000, has developed the first sustainable business excellence program – optimized for execution – specifically for small and mid-sized businesses. The Six Disciplines program integrates a proven, best-practices methodology, local accountability coaching, an innovative activity management system, and a shared learning community to enable sustainable business excellence. The Six Disciplines program is offered exclusively through Six Disciplines Leadership Centers, an award-winning network of independently owned and operated franchises that provide accountability coaching, activity management systems and total organizational engagement services for small and mid-sized businesses. The breakthrough methods for planning and executing more effectively are revealed in the top-rated book “Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last,” by Six Disciplines founder and CEO Gary Harpst. Visit Six Disciplines on the web at

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