Washington, DC (March 24 2009)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces Dr. Bruce Holmes has joined FOCUS as a Senior Advisor in the Washington, DC office. Dr. Holmes brings to FOCUS years of experience in the government, aerospace and defense industries.

Dr. Holmes is currently the principal in Holmes Consulting, LLC and co-founder of NextGen Sciences, LLC. His companies support a variety of industry, government and university clients in strategy, technology, aviation systems development, and public-private partnerships.

In 2007, Holmes joined DayJet Corporation, supporting the launch of the industry’s first per-seat, on-demand air carrier. Holmes served as Chief Strategist and led the establishment of a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration, the State of Florida Department of Transportation, and DayJet. Holmes was a founder of the successful spinout, DayJet Technologies, to market the software platform capabilities for fully automated air carrier operations for nearer-term client applications. At the end of 2008, Dr. Holmes left DayJet Technologies to focus on longer-term interests

According to Doug Rodgers, FOCUS Chief Executive Officer, “We are delighted Bruce has joined FOCUS as a Senior Advisor. His experience in the government, aerospace and defense industry will elevate the level of service we are able to provide our clients.”

Prior to joining DayJet, Dr. Holmes retired from 33 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as their Chief Strategist. As a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Holmes served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on national air transportation system strategies. Dr. Holmes is known domestically and internationally for his strategic leadership in the emergence of small aircraft and community airports for public transportation, as well as his championship for strategies affecting future generations of air transportation vehicles, airspace systems, and airports.

Holmes has published over seventy-five technical papers, received four patents, and been honored with numerous NASA medals and professional society awards, most recently as a member of the team receiving the prestigious Collier Trophy, He is a fellow and past Engineer of the Year in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was honored for innovation in partnership governance with the Virginia Bar Association Award for “Significant Accomplishment in Aviation Law.” He was also a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow at the JFK School of Government and honored by the University of Kansas on the Aerospace Engineering Alumni Honor Roll. The National Air Transportation Association recognized Holmes with their Award for Distinguished Service to the industry. Holmes is a commercial, multi-engine, Citation type-rated pilot and former flight instructor with forty years civil aviation experience.


FOCUS LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. FOCUS specializes in business units with transactions or revenues in the $5-300 million range, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners and various types of investors across a broad range of industries, throughout the U.S. and worldwide. FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. Securities transactions conducted by Wm. H. Murphy & Co., Inc. registered Broker Dealer member FINRA/SIPC. For more information on FOCUS, visit www.focusbankers.com.

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