Washington, D.C. (August 24, 2009)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces that Skip Lane has joined FOCUS as a Senior Advisor in its Atlanta, GA office. Mr. Lane is a successful entrepreneur who currently serves as Managing Partner for Revenue Velocity, a business development and strategic M&A consulting firm.

“We are very fortunate that Skip has agreed to join FOCUS as a Senior Advisor. He has worked on numerous growth initiatives and turnaround projects for communications and software companies and will allow Focus to provide our clients with a high level of expertise in this area,” said Jonathan Wilfong, regional managing partner of FOCUS.

Prior to Revenue Velocity, Mr. Lane served as Senior VP of Sales & Business Development for Intelliverse, an Atlanta based managed services provider. Mr. Lane also served as CEO of Razor IP, a communications service provider serving small and medium sized businesses through multiple distribution channels, and Direct Line Communications, a fully outsourced competitive local exchange carrier providing local telephone, broadband internet and long distance services. Mr. Lane managed the successful sale of Direct Line in 2006 and Razor IP in 2007.

Earlier, Lane founded and served as President and CEO of Network One, a facilities-based competitive local exchange carrier based in Atlanta, Georgia. Under Lane’s leadership, Network One grew to nearly $40M in annual revenues with over 185 employees.

Mr. Lane is a highly sought-after speaker on numerous topics associated with small and medium sized businesses and IP communications service providers’ best practices and has spoken at industry trade shows such as Comptel, Channel Partners Show and IP Business Magazine’s Business Forum.


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 and Chicago. 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.