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December 2013

Christopher Colwell joins Cole Kepro International, LLC as Senior Vice President

North Las Vegas, NV – December 1, 2013: Christopher “Chris” Colwell has joined the senior management team of Cole Kepro International, LLC as its Senior Vice President of Sales. His primary tasks will be focused on understanding and providing solutions for our customers’ needs. In addition, Chris will lead CKI’s next generation cabinet introductions as well as ensuring our internal sales processes lead to ever increasing company productivity.

“Our company has a great history, is financially and operationally strong, and we are well positioned for sustained growth. The addition of Chris, who has a proven track record of Sales and Operations Management, is another critical step in our overall strategy. I have no doubt that with Chris at the helm, our customer delivery cycle will be second to none in our industry.” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer.

In the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Sales, Mr. Colwell will report directly to Mr. Cook and will join the company’s management committee. All sales and program management functions will report to Chris.

Chris comes to CKI after holding leadership positions in gaming operations, gaming supplier, and consulting companies. Most recently he was COO for Luna Entertainment, a Detroit based gaming company. Prior to Luna, Chris held senior sales and operations roles with IGT and Bally Technologies. Chris’ Gaming Operations experience includes roles as General Manager of Greektown Casino, Chief Operating Officer for Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort, Director of Operations of Harrah’s Kansas City, and Director Project Development for Station Casinos. He also worked with The Fine Point Group as Senior Vice President on gaming operations engagements seeking to maximize revenue optimization.

Chris served his country in the Navy having achieved a rank of Lieutenant Commander, and is a certified Naval Nuclear Engineer. He had tours of duty at the Naval Audit Service, the Aircraft Carrier USS Eisenhower, and Cruiser USS Antietam.

Chris has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jim McNierney, Vice President of Engineering for Cole Kepro commented “Mr. Colwell is a welcome addition to our expanding organization, as our customer base has grown rapidly we found the need to augment our sales and strategic planning efforts with a professional of Chris’ caliber. I look forward to working with, and supporting Mr. Colwell in all his efforts.”

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets. Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services. As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.

For more information, contact Frederick A. Cook, Jr, Chief Executive Officer.

June 2013

Richard Meyer joins Cole Kepro International, LLC as Materials Manager on June 17th

North Las Vegas, NV – June 1, 2013: Mr. Meyer, an experienced Materials Manager brings over 15 years of gaming experience with a strong emphasis on Global Supply Chain and Inventory Management. His primary tasks will be focused on Strategic Sourcing, Contract Negotiations and Material Planning.

“Our company has a great history, is financially and operationally strong, and we are well positioned for sustained growth. The addition of Richard, who has a proven track record in Supply Chain and Inventory Management, is another critical step in our overall strategy” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer.

Dan Nohr, Director of Manufacturing Engineering for Cole Kepro commented “Mr. Meyer is welcomed with all of us here at CKI, with his background and experience in Supply Chain Management and Inventory Control, he will surely be a valued asset that we all (CKI, client base and supplier base) will benefit from.

In the newly created position of Materials Manager, Mr. Meyer will report directly to Mr. Nohr and will join the companies management committee.

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets.

Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services.

As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.

Cole Kepro International, LLC is the winner of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership award for Operational Excellence.

For more information, contact Keith Ewy, Vice President of Sales.

February 2013

Frost & Sullivan Announces 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Keith M. Ewy – Vice President of Sales

Company: Cole Kepro International, LLC

Phone: 702-633-4270

Web Site: www.colekepro.com

E-Mail: keith@colekepro.com

Cole Kepro International, LLC is the winner of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership
Award for Operational Excellence

It is with great pride that Cole Kepro International LLC accepts the ML 100 Operational
Excellence Award for 2013.  This particular award is presented to nominees who have refocused the
mission of there companies to included not only “Lean Manufacturing principles” but also the agility
within their industry to service a wider range of customer needs.   The implementation of cost effective
accurate manufacturing by CEO Frederick Cook has allowed CKI to reassert its position as “The
Recognized Leader in Gaming Cabinets”™.   The company’s steady growth, expanding client portfolio,
and wider product range in the past two years can be directly attributed to the adoption of these
philosophies.

The mere nomination for this award amidst the cornucopia of industry leaders recognized by
the Frost & Sullivan ML100 is in itself humbling.  To actually win validates the enormous effort put forth
daily by our team to attain and maintain excellence in the field of precision manufacturing.  Employees
who take pride in, and appreciate their vital contribution to final product is the embodiment of CKI.

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas
and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and
associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets.

Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services.

As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that
make us what we are today.

For more information, contact Keith Ewy, Vice President of Sales.

January 2013

Cole Kepro International, LLC announces a major upgrade to its powder coat facility.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:         Rick Durica –Sales Manager

Company:      Cole Kepro International, LLC

Phone:           702-633-4270

Web Site:       www.colekepro.com

E-Mail:            rick@colekepro.com

 

Cole Kepro International, LLC announces a major upgrade to its powder coat facility.

North Las Vegas, NV – January 6, 2013  Cole Kepro International, LLC, a North Las Vegas designer, manufacture and marketer of high end slot machines announced the completion of it’s major upgrade to it’s existing powder coat facility.  The upgrades to the facility include the addition of a Hankison Coldwave refrigerated air dryer as well as two GEMA OptiFlex®2 vibratory box feeder powder coating spray gun systems.

Leticia “Letty” Ochoa, Vice President of Operations for Cole Kepro stated “this upgrade allows us more uptime, a more stable process and better repeatability lot to lot.  The new OptiFlex®2, is the world’s most advanced manual powder coating technology.  We decided to utilize manual powder coating to allow for rapid color changes while allowing for the complete coating of complex geometries with outstanding efficiency and quality.  Our customers demand a multitude of powder coating colors and chemistries. OptiFlex®2 manual powder coating system gives us the power and control needed to achieve the best looking finish with any powder coating.”

Oscar Romero-Soto, powder coat supervisor added “The Hankison air drier is in addition to our current compressor drying systems.  With this belt and suspenders approach, water vapor is eliminated from our powder coat process air.  Water vapor (humidity-moisture) enters the air system through the air compressor inlet air filter. The air compressor sucks in approximately 7 cubic feet of atmospheric air at 0 psi, and that volume of air is compressed into 1 cubic feet of air at 100 psi. The water vapor (humidity-moisture) that was in the 7 cubic feet of atmospheric air is now compressed into 1 cubic feet of compressed air. The end of the line air drier ensures the elimination of moisture regardless of the temperature or humidity guaranteeing the perfect application of powder to the right surface.”

For more information, contact Rick Durica, sales manager.