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Former Public Company CEO Joins Curing Kids Cancer as Executive Director

With over 38 years of experience in the business world, Alan R. Abrams is using his expertise to help accelerate the growth of the metropolitan Atlanta-based nonprofit

 Curing Kids Cancer, Inc. announced that Alan R. Abrams has joined the charity as its executive director to expand the organization’s donor base, corporate sponsorships and operational efficiencies.

Mr. Abrams brings a variety of skills to the organization, which includes experience as a corporate leader, skilled communicator, strategic planner and nonprofit fundraiser.

“His expertise in the corporate world will be invaluable to the growth of Curing Kids Cancer. I am excited to see how we can continue to expand our reach and relationships with Alan as part of our team,” said Curing Kids Cancer Founder and President Grainne Owen. “Ultimately, this will enable us to help more children with cancer receive the most innovative and effective treatments!”

After beginning his business career as an investment advisor and financial analyst, Abrams transitioned to commercial real estate development and asset management in 1984 when he joined Financial Properties, Inc. Over the next 14 years, he led the successful development of several major retail centers, helped reposition and diversify that company’s portfolio of commercial income producing properties and eventually became its president and CEO.

In 1999, Abrams became CEO of Abrams Industries, Inc., a construction, manufacturing and real estate company publicly traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market (Nasdaq-ABRI). He then spearheaded the total “re-invention” of the business through a series of M&A transactions. Under his leadership, the company became an industry-leading provider of energy efficiency products and services for commercial and institutional buildings, was re-named Servidyne, Inc. (Nasdaq-SERV) in 2006 and was ultimately acquired in an all-cash transaction at a favorable valuation for its shareholders in 2011.

Abrams moved into the nonprofit world, where he spent two years as the president of WBOP, Inc., and most recently has offered specialized business consulting and executive coaching services as president of CEO Writes, Inc.

“I am really excited about joining Curing Kids Cancer,” said Abrams. “The organization is already a thriving and dynamic charity, with a tiny but very talented and passionate staff of professionals. We are making a positive difference in the world every day, as we strive to cure childhood cancer during our lifetime, so that no family will have to face the devastating loss of a child because of this terrible disease. I cannot imagine a more important cause.”

About Curing Kids Cancer:

Grainne and Clay Owen founded Curing Kids Cancer, a 501(c) devoted to funding cutting edge pediatric cancer therapies, after they lost their son, Killian, to leukemia in 2003 when he was nine years old. Since it was founded in 2005, Curing Kids Cancer has raised more than $10 million to fund new childhood cancer treatments and pediatric cancer research. Targeted therapies offer great hope in providing better cures for childhood cancer with fewer side effects. Please visit www.curingkidscancer.org to learn more.