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Management Biographies

Al W. King III

Al W. King III is currently the Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of South Dakota Trust Company, LLC (SDTC), South Dakota Planning Company, LLC (SDPC) and the Estate Planning Institute (EPI). SDTC is a national trust boutique for the wealthy based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SDPC is a trust/estate planning, consulting, marketing and sales firm based out of New York City, and EPI is a seminar, training and continuing education company based in New York City.

Mr. King was previously National Directorand Managing Director of Estate Planning for Citigroup. Mr. King was also the Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Citicorp Trust South Dakota. Previously, Mr. King served as Director of Financial and Estate Planning for Coopers and Lybrand in Stamford, Connecticut.

Prior to joining Coopers and Lybrand, Mr. King was a Vice President and Director of Financial and Estate Planning with Shawmut Bank as well as the Northeast Director of Financial and Estate planning for Prudential-Bache Securities. Mr. King was also a Senior Staff Attorney/Financial Counselor with the AYCO Corporation, a fee-based financial counseling firm.

Mr. King is a member of the Editorial Board of Trusts and Estates Magazine. Mr. King is a member of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils (NAEPC) Advisory Committee. He is also a member of several groups and organizations including Society of Trust & Estate Planning (STEP) Fairfield County and New York City Estate Planning Councils, etc. Several publications frequently publish and quote Mr. King on various Estate Planning topics. Additionally, he addresses multiple professional organizations, special interest groups, and general audiences on the subject of estate and financial planning.

Mr. King received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from Holy Cross College, a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University Law School and an LL.M. in Tax Law from Boston University School of Law.

Pierce H. McDowell III

Pierce H. McDowell III is currently the Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of South Dakota Trust Company, LLC and South Dakota Planning Company, LLC. The former is a national trust boutique company for the wealthy based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and SDPC is a trust/estate planning consulting, marketing and sales firm based out of New York City.

Mr. McDowell was formerly the Co-Founder and President/Chief Trust Officer of Citicorp Trust South Dakota. Due to South Dakota's attractive trust, asset protection and tax legislation, Mr. McDowell is responsible for servicing the trust and estate needs of clients across the United States and world in the creation and movement of trusts to South Dakota. Prior to joining Citibank, Mr. McDowell practiced law with Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith of Sioux Falls, and was formerly a Vice President, Trust Administrator and Business Development Manager for both Norwest and First Banks.

Mr. McDowell is nationally known and frequently quoted by Forbes and other publications on the advantages of South Dakota trust law. Mr. McDowell received the Citibank outstanding sales awards for both 1996 and 1998 as well as the 1997 Epic Award for his Trusts & Estates magazine's articles on South Dakota Trust planning.

Mr. McDowell serves on the Board of the South Dakota Planned Giving Council. He has been appointed to the Philanthropy Committee with the South Dakota State Bar Association. He is the Chairman of the South Dakota Bankers Association's Trust Committee, a member of the South Dakota Bar Association's Real Property, Probate & Trust Law section and serves on its Probate and Trust Committee and the Legislative Committee. Mr. McDowell is a member of the University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as a former member of the Advisory Board for Trusts & Estates magazine.

Mr. McDowell received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota.

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