Carson-Dellosa Education Strengthens Senior Management Team

    Co-Founders Steve and Patti Carson Named Co-Vice Chairmen

    Dave Hewitt Appointed President of Carson-Dellosa Retail Division

    GREENSBORO, N.C., October 1 /CNW/ - Carson-Dellosa Education, a leading
publisher of educational materials and teaching aids, has strengthened its
senior management team, as announced today by Roger Posacki, Chief Operating

    Steve Carson and Patti Carson, who co-founded the company 30 years ago,
have been named Co-Vice Chairmen. Dave Hewitt has been appointed President of
Carson-Dellosa Retail Division.

    "The new additions to our senior management team are designed to
strengthen the organization and to better answer the needs of customers and
consumers from both a near term and longer term perspective. This enables us
to build upon an already solid foundation," said Posacki.

    In his newly created position, Steve Carson will work with Roger Posacki
to establish and maintain strong relationships with key vendors and retailers
that have been - and will remain - vital to the success of Carson-Dellosa.
Patti Carson will continue to be deeply involved in the development of all new
products for the company.

    "Steve and Patti are talented educators and marketers who have built
Carson-Dellosa into a world-class publisher. I am excited for them as they
take a step away from their involvement in the day-to-day activities of the
company and begin to take advantage of the fruits of their labor. I look
forward to their continued guidance and their ongoing presence at our key
trade shows and events," said Cookie Jar Group Chief Executive Officer Michael

    "As co-founders, we continue to hold a substantial investment in the
company and welcome the opportunity to take greater advisory roles in its
operations," said Steve Carson. "While our roles have changed, our love for
the business and the industry and our passion for success have not wavered. We
anticipate even greater success under Roger and Dave's skillful leadership."

    In his new role as president of Carson-Dellosa Retail Division, Dave
Hewitt oversees sales, marketing and product development, and is responsible
for sales and marketing of Carson-Dellosa products within the dealer, mass
market and specialty channels.

    "Dave Hewitt is an accomplished executive whose many strategic
initiatives over the course of his career have substantially improved near
term operating results and positioned companies for future growth," said
Posacki. "His extensive operational experience in brand marketing and sales,
and impressive track record for energizing companies, is a perfect fit for
Carson-Dellosa as we position the company for the future."

    "I am enthusiastic about being part of Carson-Dellosa and believe there
is a significant opportunity to answer the needs of our customers and
consumers. Our success will be dependent upon building profitable
relationships with our customers and delivering creative and innovative
product solutions to our consumers," said Hewitt.

    Hewitt joins Carson-Dellosa Education from Matthews International
Corporation (NASDAQ NMS:MATW), a company with $700 million in worldwide sales
and operations in 10 countries. As president of the company's most profitable
Bronze Division, with $250 million in sales, he was responsible for global
operations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

    Prior to his tenure at Matthews, Hewitt was group president of General
Binding Corporation (NASDAQ:  GBND). He joined General Binding as president of
the Office Products Group and was promoted to group president after two years.
He also served as president of Revell-Monogram, LLC, and from 1982 to 1998, he
held a number of senior-level management positions including vice president
and general manager of Crayola, LLC, an education and art products company.
Hewitt began his career at Johnson & Johnson.

    Currently a member of the board of directors of LifeSecure, LLC, Hewitt
has been a board member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and a guest
lecturer at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the
University of Illinois at Chicago.


    Cookie Jar Group develops, produces, distributes and markets quality
products to children, their caregivers, parents and teachers. Cookie Jar
Group's products reflect its commitment to providing the best in children's
published content, animated and live-action programming and innovative
educational and entertainment-driven products worldwide. The group of
companies consists of Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. and Cookie Jar Education

    Cookie Jar Education is a leading publisher and distributor of
supplemental education resources that enhance classroom learning for children
and their educators, and foster continued child development in the home for
children and their caregivers. Through its highly recognized publishing trade
names, Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Inc. and HighReach Learning, Inc.
(among other supplementary brand names, such as Summer Bridge Activities, Wild
Goose, Kelly Wingate, among others), CJ Education targets the educators and
caregivers of children, three months old through to grade 8, through
catalogue, online, retail and district/school sales.

For further information:

For further information: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Rie Rainer, Media
Relations, 336-632-0084, x3286 or RUSSEL Public Relations John Russel,

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