SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TASER International,
Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader in advanced non-lethal weapons, today
announced that it has hired Daniel M. Behrendt as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Behrendt brings over 15 years experience in financial analysis,
controls, and reporting in manufacturing companies to TASER International,
Inc. Mr. Behrendt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Mount
Union College in Alliance, OH in 1986 and an MBA from Case Western Reserve
University in 1994. He started his career at Arthur Andersen's audit division
in Cleveland, OH in 1986. He has held both the Certified Public Accountant
and Certified Management Accountant designations. Over the past 15 years, Mr.
Behrendt has worked in diverse manufacturing industries ranging from aerospace
to high volume residential construction materials. He progressed through the
ranks from manager of business planning at PCC Airfoils, a manufacturer of
precision turbine blades for aircraft engines, to corporate controller and
eventually Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Home Decor, a $250 million
revenue manufacturer of residential wallcoverings with international
operations in North America and Europe.
"We are delighted to have Mr. Behrendt join our team," said Rick Smith,
CEO of TASER International. "His experience in aerospace, high volume
commercial construction materials, and industrial equipment manufacturing is a
significant asset for us as we expand our management infrastructure.
Throughout the recruiting process, Mr. Behrendt consistently distinguished
himself with outstanding financial and analytical skills," said Mr. Smith.
Equally important, the addition of Mr. Behrendt will enable Mrs. Hanrahan,
who has been serving two critical roles as both our CFO and COO, to
concentrate her full energy and talent into our manufacturing and operations
to support our continued growth. Mr. Behrendt begins his position on April
29, and will assume full financial responsibility on May 15, after Mrs.
Hanrahan has completed our financial reporting for the first quarter of 2004,"
said Mr. Smith.
"I am excited with the opportunity to join this dynamic company,"
commented Mr. Behrendt. "TASER International has the opportunity to
revolutionize the non-lethal defense industry while saving thousands of lives.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to becoming a part of this team and to
participate in such a worthwhile cause," continued Mr. Behrendt.
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International, Inc. provides advanced non-lethal weapons for use in
the law enforcement, private security, and personal defense markets. Its
flagship ADVANCED TASER(R) M26 product uses proprietary technology to
incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects that may be
impervious to other non-lethal means. Its latest product, the TASER X26 is
60% smaller and lighter than the ADVANCED TASER M26 and reduces injury rates
to suspects and officers, thereby lowering liability risk and improving
officer safety. TASER(R) technology is currently in testing or deployment at
over 4,400 law enforcement and correctional agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
Call 480-991-0797 or visit our website at www.TASER.com to learn more about
the new standard in non-lethal weapons.
Note to Investors
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those
sections. The forward-looking information is based upon current information
and expectations regarding TASER International. These estimates and
statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, are not
guarantees of future performance, and involve certain risks, uncertainties and
assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and
results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted
in such forward-looking statements.
TASER International assumes no obligation to update the information
contained in this press release. TASER International's future results may be
impacted by risks associated with rapid technological change, new product
introductions, new technological developments and implementations, execution
issues associated with new technology, ramping manufacturing production to
meet demand, litigation resulting from alleged product related injuries, media
publicity concerning allegations of deaths occurring after use of the TASER
device and the negative impact this could have on sales, product quality,
implementation of manufacturing automation, potential fluctuations in
quarterly operating results, competition, financial and budgetary constraints
of prospects and customers, international order delays, dependence upon sole
and limited source suppliers, fluctuations in component pricing, government
regulations, dependence upon key employees, and its ability to retain
employees. TASER International's future results may also be impacted by other
risk factors listed from time to time in its SEC filings, including, but not
limited to, the Company's Form 10-QSBs and its Annual Report on Form 10-KSB.
For further information contact Phil Smith, Chairman at Phil@TASER.com or
call 800-978-2737 ext. 2005. Visit the company's web-site at www.TASER.com
for facts and video.
SOURCE TASER International, Inc.
/CONTACT: Phil Smith, Chairman of TASER International, Inc.,
/Web site: http://www.TASER.com /
CO: TASER International, Inc.
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