NEWTON, MA (April 12, 2007) - FreshAddress, Inc., the industry's leading email database services provider, today announced that Austin C. Bliss, president, has been named a "Rising Star" by the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation. The award was bestowed to four individuals under 40 who have demonstrated superior leadership abilities, a strong track record of outstanding results, and a stellar reputation for "giving back" through direct marketing education. This is the inaugural year of the award.

Bliss is recognized for building FreshAddress' patented ECOA technology from the ground up, providing special services to nonprofit organizations, as well as sharing knowledge by frequently speaking at industry events and webinars.

"Austin's energy, dedication and innovation have made an incredible impact on FreshAddress, and on the industry as a whole," said Bill Kaplan, CEO of FreshAddress. "We're very fortunate to have him at the helm of our company, and the industry consistently benefits from his experience and insight.".

In addition to his corporate management role, Bliss serves numerous industry groups, including the Direct Marketing Association's Committee on Environment & Social Responsibility, the DMDays Program Advisory Committee, the NCDM Program Advisory Committee, and the Email Experience Council's List Growth and Engagement Roundtable..

The other award recipients come from Time Consumer Marketing, Orbitz, and Alliant Cooperative Data Solutions..

Awards recipients will be honored at the DMEF's annual New York Awards Dinner on June 19 during the Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) DM Days Conference and Expo, to be held June 19 - 21. For additional information about the Conference and Expo, visit