VSS Adds Two Conference Businesses

Access Intelligence, LLC, a Rockville, Md-based b-to-b information and marketing company backed by Veronis Suhler Stevenson, acquired Offshore Communications 2009 and EnergyOcean, two events companies, from Continental Shelf Associates, Inc.

Press release:

Access Intelligence, LLC, a full service b-to-b information and marketing solutions provider and producer of the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition and Via Satellite magazine, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Offshore Communications 2009.

Offshore Communications owned by Stuart, Florida based Technology Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Continental Shelf Associates, Inc. owned by Kevin Peterson, CEO along with Dan White, President of TSC and five other investors who have many years of experience in the ocean and energy industries. Continental Shelf Associates is a multi-disciplinary holding company which owns several companies serving the ocean industry. In addition to Offshore Communications, TSC publishes Ocean News & Technology and Offshore Source magazines.

“When first approached by AI, we had no intention of divesting our Offshore Communications and Energy Ocean events. However, over time we came to understand that AI had the capability to take the events to another level, benefiting our loyal customers while also generating new opportunities for both of our companies. We’re extremely impressed with the style and professionalism of the management team at AI, and are excited about a long and fruitful relationship between our organizations,” commented Peterson, CEO of Continental Shelf Associates.

Offshore Communications joins Access Intelligence’s Satellite Group, which includes market-leading brands such as Via Satellite, SATELLITE 2009 Conference and Exhibition, Satellite News, Communications Technology, IP Satellite Summit and SatelliteToday.com.

“Offshore Communications is the perfect complement to the existing satellite group portfolio. We intend to maintain the integrity and focus of this leading stand-alone event by leveraging its relationships within the Gulf region,” said Joe Rosone, Vice President of the group. “We look forward to continued growth by presenting cutting-edge conference content and training, alongside an exhibition providing the offshore community with the communications technology and solutions they need.”

Serving the offshore drilling and oil and gas markets, Offshore Communications provides communications solutions utilizing satellite, wireless and hybrid technologies. The event will take place November 3-5, 2009 in Houston, TX.

The SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition, the premier event providing solutions to the satellite end-user community, will take place March 24-27, 2009 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC. For more information on SATELLITE 2009, please visit www.SATELLITE2009.com.

About Access Intelligence

Access Intelligence (www.accessintel.com), a portfolio company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, is a b-to-b media and information company headquartered in Rockville, Md., serving the energy, chemical, defense, aerospace and communications markets. Leading brands include The Energy Daily, Defense Daily, CableFAX, PR News and Media Industry Newsletters; Power, Via Satellite, Chemical Engineering and ChemicalWeek magazines; the Chemical Economics Handbook and Process Economics Program research databases; and SATELLITE 2009, DaratechPLANT and LDC Forum events.

To schedule a media interview with Don Pazour, contact Michelle Levy at 301-354-1511 or mlevy@accessintel.com

About Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS)

Veronis Suhler Stevenson (www.vss.com) is a private equity firm that invests buyout and structured capital funds in the media, communications, information and education industries in North America and Europe. VSS provides capital for buyouts, recapitalizations, growth financings and strategic acquisitions to companies and management teams with a goal to build companies both organically and through a focused add-on acquisition program. To date, VSS equity and structured capital funds have invested in over 50 platform companies, which have in turn completed over 220 add-on acquisitions resulting in a portfolio with realized and unrealized enterprise values in excess of $12 billion. For addition information: www.vss.com.