November 13, 2008 at 18:09 PM EST
Avalara Expands Executive Team with New CFO
Experience and leadership in rapid-growth businesses drive selection of Jerry Goade

Avalara (www.avalara.com), the leading provider of end-to-end sales, use and VAT tax automation solutions for businesses of all sizes, today introduced Jerry Goade as its new Chief Financial Officer. Bringing more than 20 years of experience and financial executive expertise in both traditional and high-tech business organizations, Goade is a highly valued addition to the Avalara executive team who will be instrumental in Avalaras future growth as a company.

Goades background includes leading early stage companies from startup to IPO filings. His experience lies in public accounting and private industry, in high-growth and leading-edge environments including high-tech, telecommunications, digital media, manufacturing, retail and services. Prior to joining Avalara, Goade served as a financial executive charged with driving growth and profitability at firms including Imperium Renewables, Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR), Loudeye Corp. and D. Garvey Corp. In these senior executive roles, Goade was the driving force in developing corporate and financial infrastructures and implementing improvements in accounting departments, financial systems, operations and controls.

We could not be happier to have Jerry join us at Avalara, not only because of his vast experience in the financial arena, but also because he is a strong and dynamic leader who will be a key member of our executive team, said Scott McFarlane, chief executive officer of Avalara. Jerry will also be an instrumental player directing Avalaras future growth as a company and taking the SaaS model to the next level in the industry.

After earning his business administration degree with honors from Seattle University, Goade began his career at the Big 4 accounting firm of Deloitte as a senior auditor, transitioning into key finance roles as he gained experience. As a current affiliate of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Goade remains an active participant in the accounting and financial industry.

About Avalara:

Avalara is transforming the sales and use tax compliance process for businesses of all sizes by delivering advanced technology solutions that provide the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way for companies to address their statutory tax requirements. Chosen by nearly 10,000 businesses throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad, and a trusted provider of over 100 million sales tax calculations annually, Avalara is the recognized leader in web-based sales tax services and solutions.

Avalara files more than 240,000 sales tax returns and remits over $10 billion in sales tax filings per year. Based on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, WA, Avalaras products, services and expertise mirror the outsourced payroll model employed by millions of businesses, eliminating non-revenue generating functions, saving time and valuable accounting resources, and reducing the risks associated with miscalculation, audits, and penalties. Avalara services connect seamlessly with most major accounting and ERP applications, as well as 85 available integrations which are recommended by more than 2,000 software resellers and CPAs. For more information, please visit www.avalara.com.

Contacts:

MWW Group
Erica Chandler, 206-689-8505
echandler@mww.com
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