First Security Van Kasper Announces "Companies for the New Millennium" Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 1999 (PRIMEZONE) -- First Security Van Kasper today announced its annual growth conference, "Companies for the New Millennium," will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on October 4-5, 1999.

The fifth annual gathering of an expected 300-plus portfolio managers from throughout the United States will hear presentations from more than 80 publicly traded companies. Attendees will be able to register for the conference utilizing First Security Van Kasper's new Web site, launched today.

"We are excited about the wide range of industries represented by the presenting companies," said Van Kasper, president. "From e-commerce, to high tech to consumer products, the presenting companies have been selected on the basis of their proven track records and strong potential for rewarding investors with solid growth performance in the new millennium."

Kasper said the company's new Web site,, is an interactive tool that enables the firm's clients the ability to access their accounts via the Internet free of charge, view their securities positions, follow the status of open orders and communicate with brokers via email. It also addresses compliance regulations.

First Security Van Kasper, founded in 1978, is an investment banking, private client and institutional brokerage firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Fresno, Walnut Creek, Sacramento, San Diego and Newport Beach, California and Phoenix, Arizona. Last year, the company became a subsidiary of Salt Lake City-based First Security Corporation (Nasdaq:FSCO), the second largest independent bank holding company in the West, with more than $20 billion in assets.

First Security Van Kasper is ranked among the top West Coast firms in terms of number of transactions and total dollars raised in public offerings of common stock, convertible securities and fixed-income instruments. The firm also places securities privately, advises clients on merger and acquisition transactions and performs valuation services. Through its investment management subsidiary, Van Kasper Advisors, the company manages assets for corporations, retirement plans, trusts, fiduciaries, financial institutions and individuals.

A list of the presenting companies follows.

                    First Security Van Kasper
               Companies for the New Millennium
                        Participant List

3D Systems        CA-Valencia    (TDSC)   Multimedia & Graphics
Abaxis            CA-Sunnyvale   (ABAX)   Diagnostic Substances
Allied Capital    Washington DC  (ALLC)        Credit Services
Applied Process    TX-Conroe     Private         Environment - 
Technology, Inc.                           Filtration Equipment
Asyst             CA-Fremont     (ASYT)        Semiconductor 
Technologies                              Equipment & Materials
ATG Inc.          CA-Fremont     (ATGC)      Waste Management
Beringer Wine    CA-St. Helena   (BERW)    Beverages - Wineries
Estate Holdings Inc.                          & Distilleries
BigStar           NY-New York    (BGST)         E-Commerce - 
Entertainment                                  Entertainment   TX-San Antonio  (OTCBB:BLLS) Financial Services
                                                  - Other
BOULDER           CO-Golden      (BOLD)   Industrial Electrical
Technologies                                    Equipment
Brio Industries   CANADA-BC      (BRIO)      Food - Wholesale 
Calgon Cargon   PA-Pittsburgh   (NYSE:CCC)       Synthetics
Catalytica    CA-Mountain View   (CTAL)       Research Services
Ceradyne        CA-Costa Mesa    (CRDN)        General Building
Chalone Wine       CA-Napa       (CHLN)    Beverages - Wineries
Group                                         & Distilleries
Checkfree       GA-Norcross      (CKFR)     Internet Software &
CIDCO          CA-Morgan Hill    (CDCO) Communication Equipment
City National CA-Beverly Hills  (NYSE:CYN)     Banks - Regional
Corporation                                         Pacific
Coinmach        NY-Roslyn        (WDRY)       Consumer Services
Laundry Corporation
Coldwater      ID-Sandpoint      (CWTR)        Catalog & Mail
Creek Inc.                                      Order House
Collectors-   CA- Newport Beach  Private         E-Commerce - 
Universe                                       Auction Web Site
CUNO Inc.      CT-Meriden        (CUNO)   Pollution & Treatment
Cypress        CA-San Diego      (CYPB)       Biotechnology
Bioscience, Inc.
Diedrich        CA-Irvine        (DDRX)     Specialty Eateries
Coffee, Inc.
Direct Capital  CA-Santa Monica  Private    Financial Services
Markets.Com, Inc. 
Direct Focus,   WA-Vancouver     (DFXI)        Sporting Goods
E4L Inc.         CA-Encino     (NYSE:ETV) Infomercial Marketing
EarthCare       TX-Dallas       (ACCO)       Waste Management
EntreMed      MD-Rockville      (ANMD)  Medical Lab & Research
Etec Systems    CA-Hayward      (ETEC)        Semiconductor 
Inc.                                      Equipment & Materials  NY-New York    (FASH)  Specialty Retail, Other
Fiberstars       CA-Fremont     (FBST)      Lighting Fixtures
First American  CA-Santa Ana  (NYSE:FAF)      Surety & Title
Financial                                        Insurance
Gentner      UT-Salt Lake City  (GTNR)        Electronics -
Communication                                   Wholesale
Genus, Inc.    CA-Sunnyvale     (GGNS)        Semiconductor 
                                          Equipment & Materials   WA-Seattle      (GTFD)     E-Commerce - Food
Incyte         CA-Palo Alto     (INCY)       Biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Indentix       CA-Sunnyvale     (IDX)      Business Software
Incorporated                                  & Services
Intellisys   CA-Mountain View   Private   Multimedia Equipment
Ion Networks    NJ-Edison      (IONN)   Communications Software
Jacobs         CA-Pasadena     (JEC)       Heavy Construction
Group Inc.
Javelin         CA-Irvine      (JVLN)   Computer Based Systems
Systems, Inc.
K*Swiss Inc.   CA-Westlake     (KSWS)      Apparel Footwear & 
                  Village                      Accessories
Koala           CO-Denver      (KARE)       Business Equipment
Labor Ready,    WA-Tacoma     (NYSE:LRW)        Staffing & 
Inc.                                       Outsourcing Services
Made2Manage   IN-Indianapolis  (MTMS)      Application Software
Systems, Inc.
Maxwell        CA-San Diego    (MXWL)   Computer Based Systems
Technologies, Inc. 
Meade          CA-San Diego    (MEAD)    Scientific & Technical
Instruments Corp.                             Instruments
Micromuse    CA-San Francisco  (MUSE)     Application Software
Mid-State    CA-Arroyo Grande  (MDST)            Banks -
Bancshares                                  Regional Pacific
MRV           CA-Chatsworth    (MRVC)        Semiconductors - 
Communications,Inc.                        Integrated Circuits
MTI            CA-Anaheim      (MTIC)     Data Storage Devices
Mustang      CA-Bakersfield    (MSTG)     Application Software
Software, Inc.
Navidec,      CO-Englewood     (NVDC)       Business Software
Inc.                                            Services
NetLojix     CA-Santa Barbara  (NETX)      Telecommunications
Communications, Inc.    CA-Campbell  (OTCBB:NTXY)    Internet Portal
(Nettaxi Inc.)
Nutraceutical  UT-Park City    (NUTR)     Healthcare Products
Osmonics      MN-Minnesota   (NYSE:OSM)   Pollution & Treatment
Overland      CA-San Diego     (OVRL)      Data Storage Devices
Packeteer     CA-Cupertino     (PKTR)      Networking Software
Photronics,    FL-Jupiter      (PLAB)         Semiconductor
Inc.                                      Equipment & Materials
Pietrafesa    NY-Liverpool     (BRND)          Apparel - 
Corporation                   proposed   Merchandising/Branding
Quidel       CA-San Diego      (QDEL)     Diagnostic Substances
Rainbow        CA-Irvine       (RNBO)       Security Software

                                   and Services
Ravenswood    CA-Sonoma        (RVWD)      Beverages - Wineries
Winery, Inc.                                  & Distilleries
Redback      CA-Sunnyvale      (RBAK)         Internet Service 
Networks Inc.                                     Providers
RITA       CA-Mountain View    Private      Specialized Health
Medical Systems                                 Equipment
Robert       CA-Oakville       (MOND)      Beverages - Wineries
Mondavi                                       & Distilleries
Saucony,     MA-Peabody        (SCNYA)     Apparel - Footwear &
Inc.                                            Accessories
Semitool,   MT-Kalispell       (SMTL)          Semiconductor 
Inc.                                      Equipment & Materials
SeraCare,   CA-Los Angeles   (AMEX:SRK)     Specialized Health 
Inc.                                            Services
Shoe        IN-Evansville      (SCVL)      Apparel - Footwear &
Carnival, Inc.                                 Accessories
Shoe        CA-Richmond        (SHOE)         Apparel Stores
Pavilion, Inc.
SpeedFam-    AZ-Chandler       (SFAM)         Semiconductor 
IPEC Inc.                                 Equipment & Materials
StarBase      CA-Irvine        (SBAS)     Application Software
SteakHouse   CA-San Diego      (SIZL)          Restaurants
Partners, Inc.
Styling       AZ-Phoenix       (STYL)       Personal Products
Superconductor  CA-Santa Barbara (SCON)     Research Services
Technologies Inc.
SwingLab,    CA-Berkeley       Private      Sports Equipment -
Inc.                                            Specialty
Synbiotics   CA-San Diego      (SBIO)    Diagnostic Substances
Tarrant     CA-Los Angeles     (TAGS)       Textile - Apparel
Apparel                                         Clothing
TETRA      TX-The Woodlands   (NYSE:TTI)    Technical Services
Technologies, Inc.
U S           TX-Houston      (AMEX:USL)    Management Services
Liquids Inc. 
Urban     CA-West Hollywood     Private          Retail - 
Epicuria                                     Specialty Food
Visual     MD-Rockville        (VNWK)          Networking & 
Networks, Inc.                            Communication Devices
Wells     CA-San Francisco   (NYSE:WFC)    Banks - Money Center
Fargo & Company
Westamerica  CA San Rafael     (WABC)             Banks - 
Bancorporation                                Regional Pacific
Zindart     HONG KONG          (ZNDT)          Toys & Games

CONTACT:  Tara Slevin
          First Security Van Kasper 
          Gary S. Maier
          Pondel/Wilkinson Group