Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2009)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, is pleased to announce that William Contessa has joined FOCUS as a managing director. He is located in New York City providing an important presence in that region.

“Bill has been responsible for the founding, development and financing of numerous business ventures. He has bought and sold companies and advised business owners on mergers, acquisitions and the development of growth and exit strategies. This wealth of experience, spanning more than 30 years, will only add to what we offer our clients at FOCUS,” said Doug Rodgers, CEO and managing partner of FOCUS.

Prior to joining FOCUS, Mr. Contessa was founder and CEO of Mailsurity Systems, Inc., an image distribution software company. Earlier in his career, after leaving Xerox Corporation, he co-founded a leasing business dedicated to the leveraged-leasing of Xerox and IBM office equipment. Later he co-founded Laser Resources, Inc., where, as CEO, he pioneered the on-demand, distribute and print market.

Mr. Contessa provided venture capital for a small start-up software developer, Elixir Technologies, Inc. Elixir produced the first reliable electronic forms creation system for the Xerox family of high volume digital printers. In addition to providing Elixir seed capital, he raised second round financing for the company and eventually sold his interest in Elixir to Xerox.

Mr. Contessa also co-founded Equity Strategies Group which provided exit strategy planning and M&A advice to the 2,100 Financial Planners of the Lincoln Financial Network. Mr. Contessa is a graduate of Hofstra University.


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.