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News Release ____ _____________________


American International Industries, Inc. Announces


Houston & Kemah, Texas – June 24, 2011 American International Industries, Inc. (OTCBB:AMIN - News) (OTCQB:AMIN) ("American" or the "Company") today announced that effective immediately, the Board of Directors has appointed Mr. S. Scott Gaille as American’s President. In the role of President, Mr. Gaille will be chiefly responsible for the Company’s corporate strategy, acquisitions and divestments, reporting to Mr. Daniel Dror, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.


Mr. Gaille is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Rice University’s Graduate School of Business and holds a Doctor of Law from the University of Chicago, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He is Co-Founder of Sequent Asset Management, LLC, which he and his partners have grown from a start-up, in the fall of 2008, to a firm with approximately $400 million of capital currently under management. Prior to starting his investment business, Mr. Gaille’s career included practicing law for Vinson & Elkins, LLP and serving as Director – Business Development for Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: OXY), where he helped OXY grow its businesses overseas in Africa and South America. Mr. Gaille brings a global perspective to business development, as he has travelled to more than 100 countries and lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for three years.


Mr. Dror stated, "We are pleased to have Mr. Gaille join us as President and part of the management team of American, our parent company, in addition to his responsibilities as President of Brenham Oil & Gas Corp., Mr. Gaille will evaluate the Company’s strategic business plans as well as additional business opportunities, focusing on how the Company can better position itself in the global markets. He will be making recommendations regarding (i) the Company’s existing assets; (ii) focus areas for growth; and (iii) changes and additions to the Company’s management team.

Mr. Dror further stated that "we have asked Mr. Gaille to immediately assume responsibility for the Company’s possible acquisitions and divestitures. Scott will be involved in a plan of strategic evaluation of every aspect of the Company’s business, which will include evaluation of compensation of officers and directors. Scott has significant connections in the business community as well as political arenas in Texas and business connections worldwide."


The Company’s compensation terms with Mr. Gaille are performance based.


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American International Industries, Inc. is a diversified holding company, with a business model similar to General Electric, Tyco International, and Berkshire Hathaway. The Company has holdings in Industry, Finance and Oil & Gas, and has a significant Real Estate portfolio, all in Houston, TX and its surrounding areas. The vision of the Company is to further develop holdings in its core industries and plans to expand its interests in the energy sector through acquisition of existing companies, applying the financial resources and management expertise to foster the growth and profitability of the acquired businesses. The holding company serves as a financial and professional partner to the management of the subsidiaries. The role of the holding company is to improve each subsidiary's access to capital, achieve economies of scale by consolidating administrative functions, and utilize the financial and management expertise of corporate personnel across all units. The Company is continuing to work with management of the subsidiary companies to improve revenues, operations and profitability.


Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management's view of the Company's future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," or "may," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act, and are subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Any statements made in this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those that we may anticipate in each of our segments reflected by our subsidiaries' operations include, among others:, continued value of our real estate portfolio; the strength of the real estate market in Houston, Texas as a whole; the ability to expand its interests in the energy sector; increased levels of competition; the dependence upon financing, the rules of regulatory authorities and risks associated with any potential acquisitions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the results of the Company, its divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on the Company's future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements after the date of this release, except as required by law, and also takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by the Company.