Washington, DC (January 22, 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 an eighth Partner, George M. Shea, based in Jacksonville, FL and a second Principal, Brad Fleisher, bringing the total professional staff to eleven.
In addition, the firm has moved to larger offices at 1150 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 515, Washington, DC 20036 and is establishing satellite offices in Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL.
“FOCUS is dedicated to becoming a national and then international firm. Adding a seasoned professional like George Shea along with an entrepreneurial attorney like Brad Fleisher to our team helps ensure the success and unique capabilities of the firm,” explains Marshall Graham, Chairman of FOCUS Enterprises. “As the economy continues to improve, we look for increased merger, acquisition and corporate sale activity,” says Mr. Graham.
George M. Shea, joining FOCUS as a Partner, brings 30+ years of industry experience in acquisitions and divestitures, private placements of capital, business development and strategic planning and operations, acting as a principal or facilitator in over 100 transactions. Mr. Shea 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.”
For the past 14 years, Mr. Shea ran a boutique investment bank, Ambassador Capital Corporation, of Atlanta and Jacksonville, acting as a finder and consultant in new business development activities. Mr. Shea also was President and CEO of InfoSafe Corporation, a telecommunications and software company, and was Digital Equipment Corporation’s first Industry Marketing Director.
A graduate of Colby College, George Washington University and the Stanford Executive MBA Program, Mr. Shea serves on the Board of the USO (United Services Organization).
Brad Fleisher, joining FOCUS as a Principal, is an entrepreneur and attorney with over ten years of business development experience with finance, healthcare, consumer technology and radio broadcast companies. Prior to joining FOCUS, Mr. Fleisher founded and was President of Adlego Solutions, a healthcare consulting firm. He also was Director of Product Development at PromiseMark, Inc., a venture-funded technology company, where he developed the company’s top revenue-generating product and initiated and closed 19 strategic partnership transactions.
Previously, Mr. Fleisher was Senior Associate, New Product Development, for Stone Street Capital, a specialty finance company and from 1994 to 1998, Mr. Fleisher was In-House Counsel for Eastbrokers International (Nasdaq: EAST), a Central European Investment Bank. He also co-founded and was Executive Vice President of Spectrum Europe, an Eastbrokers spin-off.
Mr. Fleisher, an active member of the District of Columbia Bar, has a B.A. from Tulane University and a J.D. from the University of Florida.
About FOCUS Enterprises, Inc.
Based in Washington DC with offices in Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL, FOCUS Enterprises is a boutique investment bank and corporate development consulting firm serving middle-market clients. The firm integrates corporate development consulting and transactional expertise with extensive research. Founded in 1982, FOCUS has long standing experience in completing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital formation, corporate development consulting projects and financial advisory assignments. Visit www.focusbankers.com for more information