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January 26, 2006 - Veteran Tax Attorney Picked for Ohio Tax Hall of Fame - Inductee’s career spanned government, academia and corporate tax worlds

COLUMBUS, Ohio - – A veteran Ohio tax attorney, Earl Goldhammer, was announced today as the 2006 Ohio Tax Hall of Fame inductee. The announcement was made jointly by the Ohio Tax Commissioner and Ohio Chamber of Commerce at the 15 th annual Ohio Tax Conference in Columbus.

Tax Commissioner William W. Wilkins described Mr. Goldhammer as a tax professional committed to improving the process and practices of taxation, “Earl Goldhammer built a reputation as man of integrity and great expertise. That reputation is absolutely warranted and the Hall of Fame is honored to welcome him.”

The Ohio Tax Hall of Fame was created in 2001 to recognize persons who have made outstanding contributions to the field of state and local tax in Ohio. Goldhammer is the seventh inductee.

Mr. Goldhammer retired in 2004 from American Electric Power where he served as Senior Tax Counsel. His career includes positions as Adjunct Professor at Capital University’s Graduate Law Program, and Trial Attorney with the IRS. Goldhammer has also authored numerous articles on state and local taxation and served on the organizing committee for the tax conference.

Daniel Navin, Assistant Vice President of Tax and Economic Policy at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, says Goldhammer’s contributions have been many and valuable, “Earl has been an outstanding contributor to the work of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in many of the state and local tax issues that have developed over the years.”

Goldhammer currently resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, Karen. Their son is a teacher in New York City.