New York, New York, October 15, 2005

Scott Johnson, CEO of SJ Partners, LLC (“SJP”) will address the Small Investor Forum at the annual convention of the Turnaround Management Association on October 19, 2005.

“Although liquidity is bountiful for large transactions, there is still a dearth of capital and high quality investors seeking lower middle market opportunities so we look forward to sharing our perspective on the lower middle market and our specific investment approach,” stated Johnson.

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 and consumer products. 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, one of the nation’s largest private consumer market research companies. Lastly, SJP works with a set of operating partners who each have over 20 years of experience in the distribution, consumer and services industries.

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