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Source: Access International Financial Services Inc.

Access International Appoints Arthur L. Thomas As Vice Chairman to the Board

Tuesday March 4, 3:18 pm ET

NEW YORK and DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 4, 2003--Access International Financial Services Inc. today announced that Arthur L. Thomas has joined it's Board of Directors as Vice Chairman. Mr. Thomas brings over thirty years of securities industry knowledge and innovation to Access International, a leading provider of reference data management for achieving straight through processing (STP).

In making the announcement, Access International Chairman and co-founder Jeffry Metter stated: "We are very pleased to announce that Art Thomas has accepted the position as Vice Chairman of the Board. Art brings a wealth of global securities industry experience to Access, and his involvement with Access will be invaluable to our company as we build on our early success and strategize on taking Access to the next level as an organization."

Mr. Thomas has distinguished himself as a leader and innovator in the securities industry. He is currently serving as Chairman of the SIA T+1 Steering Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Euroclear Clearance System. He was recently a member of the Board of Directors with The Options Clearing Corporation.

"I am looking forward to having Mr. Thomas on our Board of Directors," commented John Buckner, Jr., Access International's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Art's industry knowledge and expertise is impressive and we are excited to have someone with his extensive background, especially in global securities, come on board to share his ideas and business experiences," added Buckner Jr.

Previously, Mr. Thomas was Chairman of Merrill Lynch Securities Services and a member of the Board of Directors of The Depository Trust and Steering Committee. Prior to his Chairman's role at Merrill Lynch Securities Services, Mr. Thomas was Senior Vice-President of Global Operations Services for Merrill Lynch, providing worldwide operations support for all of the Merrill Lynch debt, equity, and futures businesses.

"Access International has assembled an impressive team and offers effective solutions for the challenges that exist today for back-office operations," stated Thomas. "The market opportunity for the solutions that Access can provide is significant and I am looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the company by offering business direction and advice drawing on my career experience in the securities industry."

Besides his extensive industry affiliations, Thomas has played an active role in creating educational and business alliances with the Jersey City schools. He is business graduate of Northeast State University and a U.S. Naval veteran of Vietnam.

About Access International

Based in Denver and New York City, Access International Financial Services provides front, middle, and back office support to global market players using a unique approach to product reference data and back office applications to clear and settle cross border transactions. Access International provides real-time, multi-currency application software that delivers straight through processing (STP) across an enterprise in a consistent, timely, and cost-effective manner.

To learn more, visit www.access-stp.com

     Access International Financial Services Inc.
     Bruce Reading, 212/293-2238

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