Irvine, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2003) -- Best Software has appointed a CPA and former software reseller as director of its Accountants Network, made up of approximately 12,000 practitioners trained to advise clients about Best products.Ed Cheeseman worked with Arthur Andersen in the 1980s, before creating his own software reselling company and then becoming a marketing executive for Platinum for Windows, an accounting software product line Best acquired in 2001. Best created Cheeseman's Accountants Network unit last year by combining all its pre-existing product "recommender" programs and adding new services, such as a platform for the advisors to form alliances with Best product resellers.

Cheeseman, who works from Best offices in Irvine, Calif., expects to be very visible in the accounting community. He reports to Accountants Network executive vice president Nina Smith, who has had to split her time between the network and several other Best programs under her charge.

"Nina has had a lot on her plate and done a great job. I should be able to take some things from her and make sure this group grows very strong," Cheeseman said.

In other moves, Best named Firas Obeidat director of its Best Software Migration Center, and Melody Williams Dapp as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Obeidat was most recently sales and service operations director for telecommunications giant MCI, and Dapp was a consultant to in-house counsel at Verizon Wireless.

--John M. Covaleski

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