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ELKHART, Indiana - August 2002 -- Crown International has appointed Brian Divine to the position of marketing communications manager. The announcement comes from Mark Graham, Crown International vice president of engineering and marketing.

Reporting to Bob Lichty, Crown International marketing director for MI/recording, Divine is now responsible for overseeing the manufacturer's marketing budget, media placements, advertising and public relations agencies, trade show coordination, literature production and other related tasks. He is also being called upon to provide statistical forecasting for product sales as it pertains to the allocation of marketing funds.

From May of 1999 through May of 2000, Divine was employed as part of Crown's internal sales and support team. Leaving to finish up his Economics degree at Indiana University, South Bend (IUSB), he spent the spring of 2001 conducting a semester-long internship and research project deriving a sales forecasting model for the company - a model that he now utilizes in his new role at Crown.

"Brian brings a strong statistical and analytical approach to our marcom position, which provides the perfect balance to the somewhat more emotional methodology of our marketing directors," says Graham. "And having previously worked with Crown, he's been able to hit the ground running, which is great. We're truly energized to have Brian on board."

Crown International, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers, microphones and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana.

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August 2002