IRVINE, Calif. (January 9, 2009) – Manuel J. Ramirez, CPA, president and chief executive officer of Ramirez International, has been named vice president of the California Board of Accountancy. Since his appointment to the organization by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ramirez has held the position of Chairman of the Committee on Professional Conduct for the Board and will now assume the role as vice president for a one-year term, effective January 2009.

As vice president, Ramirez will further the board’s mission to develop, enforce and maintain statewide accountancy practice standards and protect the public interest. The board examines industry ethics, objectivity and competency to benefit both the industry and general public.

Ramirez is a former recipient of the prestigious Chapman University Passkeys Ethics Award for service and professional conduct. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and received his master’s of science in Tax Law from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif.

The appointment of Ramirez is his latest in a long list of board achievements and leadership positions. He is the principal founder, first president and chairman of the Hispanic 100 Political Action Committee (PAC), through which he played a supportive role in pursuing the passage of the 2002 After School Initiative. In addition, Ramirez is a co-founder and board member of the GenNext Political Action Committee (PAC). Ramirez has provided leadership to various cause-related and civic organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Orange County Office of Protocol Foundation, Rancho Santiago College International Advisory Board, Boy Scouts of America, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, for which he served as president and chairman of the board.

About the California Board of Accountancy

Founded in 1901, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) protects consumers by ensuring that only qualified persons and firms are licensed to practice public accountancy. The CBA creates and enhances programs that implement the standards of competency and practice, including ethics, objectivity and independence. The CBA is a state branch within the Department of Consumer Affairs and is currently located in Sacramento, Calif. For more information, please visit www.dca.ca.gov/cba.

About Ramirez International Financial & Accounting Services, Inc.

Ramirez International, established in 1980, is a full-service CPA and consulting firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif. The company serves publicly traded companies, healthcare providers, real estate developers, non-profit organizations and privately-held enterprises in more than 13 countries. For further information, please visit the firm’s website at www.ramirezintl.com., or call (949) 852-1600.