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Good morning. I’d like to welcome all of you here to the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. I am Andy Lietz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safeguard Scientifics and I will preside over the meeting this morning.
I hereby call the meeting to order. Now, before proceeding to the business of the meeting, I’d like to introduce the other directors and officers of Safeguard who are with us today as well as some other invited guests. The other members of Safeguard’s board who are present here today are Peter Boni, Julie Dobson, George MacKenzie, George McClelland, Jack Messman, John Roberts, and Robert Rosenthal.
Of the Safeguard officers that are present here today are Jim Datin, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of our Life Sciences Group; Brian Sisko, Vice President and General Counsel; Steve Zarrilli, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer; and John Shave, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Communications. I’d also like to introduce Mike Doyle, Brian Stewart, Gerry McGinnis, and David Green of KPMG Safeguard’s Registered Public Accounting Firm and Deirdre Blackburn, the company’s Secretary who will act as Secretary of the meeting.
I hereby appoint Deirdre Blackburn to act as judge of election. Deirdre?