Washington (February 4, 2009)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces George M. Norton III has joined FOCUS as a Senior Advisor in the Atlanta, GA office. Mr. Norton brings to FOCUS decades of experience in all phases of business combinations. As managing partner of his own consulting firm for the last 20 years, he focuses his efforts on assisting middle-market firms clarify their vision, accelerate their growth, and efficiently and profitably transfer ownership. His approach, which has been honed in over 50 successful transactions worth over one billion dollars, has been published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in the book, Valuation: Maximizing Corporate Value.

“George brings a wealth of experience and tested practices to FOCUS and will have a tremendous impact as a Senior Advisor,” said Jonathan Wilfong, regional managing partner of FOCUS. “His frequent engagement as an expert witness in valuation disputes underscores his wealth of experience in this area.”

Mr. Norton began his career designing business analysis models for IBM and then earned an MBA in International Finance from The Wharton School. After graduation he joined the Acquisition Group of Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he spent several years helping domestic and international firms develop and implement aggressive diversification plans. He then held senior M&A positions with Northwest Industries and Duff & Phelps before being recruited by Ernst & Young to assist in developing the firm’s national Strategic Planning and Corporate Development practices.

George puts his considerable talents to use serving on the Board of Advisors for Action Ministries and as a Senior Liaison for Community Consulting Teams.


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.

Kahla Cooper is the Director of Marketing at FOCUS. In this role, Ms. Cooper designs and implements the overall marketing strategy. Ms. Cooper works with each industry team leader to define programs in order to promote and brand FOCUS’ suite of capabilities.