ClearImage and Local Tech Wire are now sending out email and print invitations to area business executives for the upcoming TechExec reception that is set for Aug. 11.

UNC System President Emeritus William Friday and his wife Ida have signaled their intention to attend the reception, which is being co-hosted by Grant Thornton and The Staubach Company.

“We are very pleased that President and Mrs. Friday will be attending the Summer TechExec as our guests,” said Mark Larson, partner in Grant Thornton’s Raleigh office. “The TechExec continues to be one of the premiere networking events in the Research Triangle Park region and we are thrilled to play a lead role in supporting this first class event.”

“Our regional technology and life science communities are key to North Carolina’s economic growth and success,” said Paul Muñana, managing principal in The Staubach Company’s Raleigh office. “The TechExec contributes to the development of these communities by bringing together area business and thought leaders on a regular basis. We recognize the value this provides to area executives and are thrilled to co-host the event.”

The Summer TechExec will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Highwoods Properties GlenLake One Office Building located at 4140 ParkLake Avenue in Raleigh. Created by ClearImage and Local Tech Wire, the TechExec is a series of executive-level networking events for business and thought leaders in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina. To register for the August 11, 2005 event, please visit Local Tech Wire at

About The TechExec

The TechExec is sponsored by SAS, Cisco, Peak 10, Grant Thornton, Kennedy Covington and Southern Capitol Ventures. The TechExec is supported by Red Jester Events. Events are held throughout the Triangle and past host companies and organizations include the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, SAS, Cisco, Peak 10 and Grant Thornton.

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Through member firms in 110 countries, including 49 offices in the United States, the partners and employees of Grant Thornton member firms provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients around the globe. Visit Grant Thornton LLP at:

About The Staubach Company

The Staubach Company ( ) is the market leading global real estate advisory firm that delivers cost-effective solutions for the users of office, industrial and retail space. It has extensive experience in strategic consulting, site selection, acquisition, disposition, construction consulting / project management, real estate administration, portfolio management, financing and capital solutions.

1,200 people in 58 offices throughout the Americas represent Staubach’s 2,200 clients. Staubach completed more than 5,200 transactions totaling $17.7 billion and 151 million square feet during the fiscal year ending June 2004.

Worldwide, the DTZ Staubach Tie Leung partnership has 10,000 professionals delivering services and solutions to multinational clients.