New York, New York, August 31, 2004

Speaks to International Executive Resource Group

Scott Johnson, CEO of lower middle market buyout group SJ Partners, LLC, spoke to the International Executive Resource Group on the lower middle market buyout sector in a presentation entitled, “Why You May (or May Not) Want to Consider a (Lower Middle Market) LBO: Perspectives From the Front-Line.”

The presentation provides an overview of recent trends in the leveraged buyout market and presents the case why the lower middle market buyout can be a more attractive opportunity with lower risk and higher return potential than the typical LBO, especially for the CEO. A copy of the presentation may be downloaded from our site. About the International Executive Resource Group IERG is a one-of-a-kind volunteer, not for profit organization of senior business executives from around the world whose careers have been enriched by broad experience in the global arena.

The men and women of IERG have gained seniority in all functions and disciplines, from accounting to warehousing and in organizations that range from Fortune 50 corporations to specialized professional partnerships. They meet, both in person and over the Internet, to share their knowledge, best practices and to support and advance each others’ careers and interests.

About SJ Partners, LLC

SJ Partners (SJP) acquires and advises middle market businesses. SJ Partners invests in consumer and services companies with $1-5 million in cash flow. Industries of particular interest include food distribution, point-of-purchase displays, consumer products, contract manufacturing, information services, and education. SJP also provides select investment banking services.

SJP’s resources provide a deep base of operating and research knowledge. SJP’s founder and CEO Scott Johnson was trained as an equity analyst and was a member of a #2 rated Institutional Investor rated team at Merrill Lynch. The firm also benefits from its affiliated relationship with the NPD Group, the nation’s largest private consumer market research company. Lastly, SJP works with a set of operating partners who each have over 20 years of experience in the distribution, consumer and services industries.

For more information:

Scott Johnson SJ Partners, LLC