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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Planning Force, Inc. Acquires Quintessence Photonics Corporation ("QPC") and Changes Its Name to QPC Lasers, Inc.

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Dr. Ungar started QPC in 2000 after a 17 year career at Ortel Corporation, a pioneer in the development of analog fiber optic technology for CATV. Hejoined Ortel in 1983 as one of the first five employees, and stayed at Ortel until after its sale to Lucent Technologies in 2000 for approximately $2.95billion. At Ortel, he occupied senior positions including Director of AdvancedR&D for Optoelectronic Devices and Director of Material and Structure Technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Caltech.

George M. Lintz, M.B.A., Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer,Co-Founder and Director

Mr. Lintz started QPC along with Dr. Ungar in 2000 after a fifteen year career in investment banking. Mr. Lintz founded Lintz Glover White & Companyin 1987, an SEC registered, NASD member broker/dealer, and ran the Broker-Dealer until it was acquired in December 1999 . During his tenure atLintz Glover White, Mr. Lintz financed a number of early stage companies from the technology and finance industries. He founded and served as Chairman ofG&H Financial, a commercial finance lender from 1989 to 1994, in which capacity he provided asset-based financing for manufacturing companies. Heholds an MBA from New York University.

Paul Rudy , Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales

Paul comes to QPC from an extensive career with Coherent, Inc. He servedas Director of Marketing at Coherent Inc.'s Semiconductor Business Unit,leading the tactical and strategic marketing activities of the high powerdiode laser business, overseeing product management and developing strategies for the business unit's technology, products, and markets. From 2000 through 2003, Dr. Rudy acted as Coherent's Market Development Manager, responsible for developing and executing sales and tactical marketing strategies in the defense and graphics arts markets in North America . Prior to this, he acted asthe Product Marketing Manager for Coherent Semiconductor Business Unit,focusing on unmounted bars and stacks. From 1997 to 1999, he was theScientific Sales Engineer in the Mid-Atlantic region for Coherent Semiconductor Group and Coherent Laser Group. There, he developed severalmarkets for Coherent Inc including the scientific market, enhanced imagingMRI, and defense applications. Prior to his position with Coherent Inc in theMid-Atlantic, Dr. Rudy worked in the Advanced Technical Sales Group at Coherent, Inc. headquarters. He received his masters and doctoral degrees inphysics studying laser manipulation of atoms at the University of Rochesterand his B.S. and B.A. from Duke University in physics and philosophy.

Thomas Stakelon, Ph.D., V.P. Engineering

Dr. Stakelon serves as the VP of Engineering at QPC where he isresponsible for managing the engineering resources that are delivering theCompany's new products. Before joining QPC, he was Director of Engineering at Spectra-Physics, Inc. where he led development and reliability qualificationof high power laser diode products for pumping solid state lasers, materialsprocessing, telecommunications and other markets. During a long career atAgere Systems and Lucent Technologies, he successfully introduced important new optical products for telecommunications. Most recently, as President of LDFiberoptics, he launched a small subsidiary of Agere's for the automated manufacture of passive optical components. Prior to this, he led teams developing new products and manufacturing processes for Lucent's' optoelectronics division. These included optical amplifiers, passivecomponents, pump laser modules and low cost laser modules for terrestrial andundersea applications. He worked with other major companies on several joint product developments. While at Lucent, he focused on device packaging, product reliability and the customer technical interface. These efforts resulted innumerous design wins with substantial new revenue. He is responsible for numerous patents, publications and short courses. He holds an M.S and a Physics from the University of Illinois.

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