President Bush to Acknowledge Employee for Dedication and Leadership in Volunteer Service in Silicon Valley

In addition to donating 125 hours to community service, Vice President Steve Houck has led his department to a 200% increase in volunteer hours over the past 8 months

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - May 2, 2003 -®, the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), announced that President George W. Bush will recognize Vice President of Finance Steve Houck when the President arrives in Santa Clara, California, today. Supported by's donation of 1% of employee work time - six days a year - to volunteer activity, Houck has completed over 125 hours of community service since joining the company in August 2002. Under Houck's leadership and stellar example, his department's participation in volunteer programs has increased by 200% during this same period. Overall, employees have donated over 3000 community service hours in the past year to a variety of Bay Area organizations.

Earlier this year, President Bush celebrated the first anniversary of the USA Freedom Corps - his initiative to engage all Americans in service to their neighbors and their nation. President Bush is recognizing individuals around the country like Houck who are answering the call to volunteer service. has a history of involvement with the USA Freedom Corps through its participation in the Business Strengthening America (BSA) campaign, a peer-to-peer campaign to mobilize the business community to support effective service and civic engagement by every American.

"'s integrated business model, especially our active support of the, is a fundamental part of building a culture of service," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of and founder of the "I am extremely proud of our tireless and dedicated employees, like Steve Houck, who are pioneering a new interdependence of community and corporate success."

In addition to lending finance expertise to a variety of capital and fund-raising programs at St. Leo the Great in San Jose, California, Houck has served as a director on the board for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northern California. He has also served on the Board for the Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association, focusing on landmark preservation in San Jose. Houck is an active and integral member of the steering committee, evaluating grant applications and serving as direct liaison between the company and the foundation. Houck frequently shares his life and professional experience, as well as passion for community service, with local youth during career exploration days. has relentlessly focused on integrating business with the community since the company's 1999 inception. Through its model of donating 1% of profits to the community annually, 1% of equity to its programs and 1% of employee working hours to community service, ensures that as the business grows so does its contribution to the community. The was established as the vehicle to harness the energy of the community and drive this 1% model. The foundation initiates and manages a variety of volunteer programs designed to benefit the community and offers funding for diverse projects through its grant program. As continues its rapid growth and profitable operations with over 6,200 customers worldwide, its integrated business model, especially the volunteer program, is a fundamental part of building a culture of dedication and service.

President Bush created the USA Freedom Corps office at the White House to foster a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility. Through the USA Freedom Corps, President Bush wants to help every American answer the call to volunteer service by strengthening and expanding service opportunities to protect our homeland, support our communities, and extend American compassion around the world. Interested volunteers can find opportunities in their own neighborhoods through the USA Freedom Corps web site at or by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.

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