FOCUS Adds Baltimore-based Partner, William C. Stettinius

Washington, DC (March 2, 2004) - FOCUS Enterprises, Inc., the DC region’s premier investment banking and corporate development consulting firm providing merger, acquisition and corporate finance services for middle-market clients, is adding a Baltimore-based Partner, William C. Stettinius, bringing the number of Partners to 11 and the total professional staff to 14.

“FOCUS clients are served exclusively by Partners who deal with target company CEOs on a peer-to-peer basis. Adding a professional like William C. Stettinius, who incorporates a thorough understanding of management issues, helps ensure the continuing success and growth of the firm, says Marshall Graham, Chairman of FOCUS Enterprises.

William C. Stettinius, joining FOCUS as a Partner, has CEO experience in Call Center operations, distribution and e- commerce and warehousing companies. Prior to joining FOCUS, Mr. Stettinius served as CEO for two venture-backed companies, ultimately executing their acquisition, turnaround strategies and eventual sale. As a Partner with Carolina Financial Group, he delivered M&A, corporate finance and business development consulting services.

For more than twenty years, Mr. Stettinius was a Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL), attaining the rank of Captain. He also commanded a SEAL Delivery Team (SDV) that maintained and operated technologically advanced submersibles.

In the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Captain Stettinius managed and led multi-national organizations for both the United Nations and NATO. He acquired extensive experience building third-world country infrastructures. During the Somali crisis, he was assigned to the United Nations in Somalia to establish that country’s Police, Judicial and Prison infrastructure. He also was Director of the Department of Defense crisis action team for Cuban Refugees.

After retiring from the US Navy in 1995, he joined Alex. Brown and Sons to establish institutional sales in Latin America. Following the 1998 collapse of the Banking industry in Brazil and Argentina, he partnered with several colleagues to build an Investment Bank that specialized in financing private companies and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Mr. Stettinius has a B.S. from Bethany College, Bethany, WV and is fluent in French. He also holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 NASD certifications.