Washington, DC (June 3, 2004) - FOCUS Enterprises, Inc., the Washington, DC region’s premier investment banking and corporate development consulting firm providing merger, acquisition and corporate finance services for middle-market clients, is appointing George M. Shea Southeastern Managing Partner. Shea is establishing an Atlanta Regional office to serve as a hub for growing investment banking activity in the entire southeastern United States.
Marshall Graham, Chairman, FOCUS Enterprises, says, "We are pleased that George has taken on the responsibility of opening an Atlanta office and developing the southeastern region for our firm. George has operated his own merger, acquisition and corporate finance firm for some years prior to joining FOCUS and has been tremendously successful as a FOCUS Partner since joining the firm less than a year ago. As such, he brings much experience in serving corporate development clients. Now he will take on the added challenge of building a substantial investment banking practice headquartered in Atlanta with satellite offices in Jacksonville and Charleston. George is currently actively recruiting professional staff for the Atlanta office."
According to Douglas E. Rodgers, the firm’s Managing Partner, “FOCUS has experienced significant client demand for middle-market investment banking services in the southeastern marketplace, and so we are extremely pleased to have a senior deal maker like George Shea assuming leadership of our expansion into the region. FOCUS is solidly committed to participation in the coming Mergers and Acquisitions wave, and concluded that Atlanta is a key location from which to lead and manage transactions throughout the southeast.”
“I’m really excited about returning to Atlanta and building a superb team of experienced dealmakers to service this growing market,” Shea said. “Having lived here for 20 years, I’m familiar with the business community and look forward to renewing old relationships and developing a strong and satisfied client base here.”
George M. Shea
George M. Shea, a FOCUS Partner and now Southeastern Managing Director of the firm, has over thirty years of broad industry experience in acquisitions and divestitures, corporate finance, business development, strategic planning, marketing, sales and operations. Utilizing a unique combination of operating management expertise and major M&A, financing and business development experience, he has acted as a principal or facilitator in over 100 transactions.
For the past 14 years, Mr. Shea ran a boutique investment bank, Ambassador Capital Corporation, of Atlanta and Jacksonville. He arranged the largest single infusion of equity capital ($25 million) in Georgia’s history into an early stage technology-based company, a transaction named “Venture Capital Deal of the Year.”
A graduate of Colby College (honors – Independent Studies), George Washington University and the Stanford Executive MBA Program, Mr. Shea currently serves on the Board of the USO (United Services Organization).