SOURCE: John Thomas Financial, Inc.

February 25, 2008 11:46 ET

John Thomas Financial, Inc. Appoints Director of Investment Banking

Francis V. Lorenzo Appointed Director of Investment Banking

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - John Thomas Financial, Inc., a licensed, full service broker dealer offering client-centric retail brokerage and investment banking services, today announced that Francis V. Lorenzo has been appointed to lead the firm's growing Investment Banking department. Named as Director of Investment Banking, Lorenzo will report directly to the firm's founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Belesis, and will oversee the sourcing and management of John Thomas' corporate finance activities.

Commenting on the appointment, Belesis noted, "The rapid growth of our firm can be directly attributable to our success in attracting and recruiting highly qualified, experienced professionals from the financial services industry. We have no doubt that Frank will quickly prove to be a strong complement to our team, helping to further distinguish John Thomas Financial's Investment Banking practice for its market intelligence, differentiated banking services and superior corporate consulting capabilities, with specific emphasis on emerging, small and middle market companies."

Lorenzo brings John Thomas more than 22 years' experience in the Capital Markets and financial services industry. In 2002 he founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of OTC Solutions, LLC, a specialized corporate advisory firm that assisted micro cap companies trading in the Over-the-Counter sector with capital formation, public and private equity financing and strategic business development. In 1995, he formed the Loren Investment Group, which focused on counseling companies seeking to go public through the reverse-merger process, as well as advising companies requiring capital necessary to remain compliant with the various trading exchanges' continued listing requirements. He began his career in 1986 as an arbitrage assistant at Speer, Leeds & Kellogg/Investors, Inc., advancing to serve as an arbitrage trader in the XMI Major Market Index (futures and options) on the American Stock Exchange. Frank currently serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Director of Investor Relations at Mobiform Software, Inc., a pioneer of emerging XML-based graphics technology for web and software developers. Lorenzo is a graduate of the University of Colorado in 1984, where he received a BA degree in Economics and Political Science.

About John Thomas Financial, Inc.

John Thomas Financial, member of the FINRA and SIPC, is an independent broker dealer and investment banking firm headquartered in New York City's Wall Street district with a growing network of branch offices throughout the country. Emphasizing a client-centric approach to managing all aspects of its business, the firm offers a full complement of retail brokerage and corporate advisory services tailored to the unique needs of its clients. For more information on the firm, please visit

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