SOURCE: JHS Capital Advisors, Inc.

December 22, 2009 09:00 ET

JHS Capital Advisors Launches Joint Brokerage and Wealth Management Firm

Firm Specializes in Providing High-Touch Approach for Mass Affluent Market

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - JHS Capital Advisors, Inc. ("JHS Capital Advisors"), through its acquisition of Pointe Capital, Inc. on December 18, 2009, announced today its launch as a brokerage and wealth management firm specializing in providing high-touch, personalized client services for investors nationwide. A subsidiary of JHS Capital Holdings, Inc., the firm's mission is to deliver a comprehensive client offering, while providing a compelling transition opportunity for professional financial advisors at wire houses, banks and independent practices.

"Our vision for JHS Capital Advisors is to offer a distinctly client-centric approach to financial services, combining unbiased advice with the sophisticated solutions that today's investors are seeking," said John Sykes, Chairman, JHS Capital Holdings, and founder of Sykes Enterprises Incorporated. "We are committed to building a unique advisory firm, with a fresh business model, that provides both wealth management and independent brokerage capabilities. Above all, our business will be built on the core values that guide our vision -- ethics, integrity and superior client service."

JHS Capital Advisors' Wealth Management Group will be led by Mary Kennemur, a former First Vice President and Regional Managing Director of Merrill Lynch. At Merrill Lynch, Ms. Kennemur led the Southeast Region with annual revenues of $850 million and assets under management in excess of $125 billion. Bringing more than 25 years of industry experience, Ms. Kennemur will oversee all operations of the wealth management business including client service and recruiting.

"At JHS Capital Advisors, financial professionals that share our core values have the opportunity to join an inclusive organization that represents a diversity of backgrounds, experience and views," says Ms. Kennemur, President, Wealth Management Group. "Advisors will join a firm that provides a sophisticated wealth management platform, greater autonomy, higher grid payouts and an environment in which their contributions are valued with an eye on providing their clients a world class experience. We will sit on the same side of the table with our clients."

JHS Capital Advisors' Retail and Institutional Investment Group will be led by Paul Richardson, the former CEO and co-founder of the independent financial services firm Pointe Capital, Inc. ("Pointe"). On December 18, 2009, JHS Capital Holdings announced its acquisition of Pointe, which received final approval from The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") on December 11, 2009.

Mr. Richardson has over 30 years experience in the banking and brokerage industry; at one point he was responsible for 375 registered representatives with an excess of $10 billion in assets under management. In addition, he has led brokers in the banking, retail and institutional channels, prior to co-founding Pointe Capital in 2004.

"JHS Capital Advisors brings high caliber leadership with strong credibility that will resonate with institutional and individual investors who are seeking more personalized services," said Paul Richardson, President, Retail and Institutional Investment Group. "I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to partner with John Sykes and Mary Kennemur in this compelling new enterprise. The firm's vision is to continue to build an independent channel directed toward the realization of enhanced organizational and investor value by partnering with wealth management capabilities."

For more information, contact JHS Capital Advisors at 866-976-4683.

About JHS Capital Holdings

Founded in 2009 by John H. Sykes and headquartered in Tampa, Florida, JHS Capital Holdings, Inc., operating through its wholly-owned subsidiary JHS Capital Advisors, Inc., is a brokerage and wealth management firm focused on providing the high touch personalized services and attention that allows our advisors and affiliates to concentrate on their customer's financial goals and to grow their respective practices. The foundation of our vision is built on the integrity of success oriented advisors that possess high ethical standards and unwavering professionalism with the objective of exceeding their client's expectations.

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