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January 1, 1995


Washington D.C. Insider
Joins Web Portal Design, Inc.

PALO ALTO - January 1995 - Web Portal Design Inc. announced today that Howard Hobbs PhD has joined the firm as president in the Palo Alto office and labs. He has joined Web Portal Design Inc. from the Economics Institute in Washington D.C. where he was a partner in the firm's National office. Hobbs will continue his role as the economics & legal editor of the national edition and Fresno edition of the Daily Republican Newspaper.

"The extraordinary growth of our business practice in recent years has created a real need for corporate leadership with Howard's background and experience," says William Camino, Managing Director, " We are very fortunate to have Howard join us." "Howard was attracted to our firm because of the strong growth of Web Portal Design corporation's client base, the emphasis we place on quality Web site design services and our teamwork approach," commented Martha Bellow, Chair of the firm's Business Department.

Wayne Phelps, Attorney in Charge of Web Portal Design corporation's California operations, added: "Howard has an excellent background in the organizational development of growth in emerging technology companies, which will compliment Web Portal Design's portfolio of accounts, and he has established relationships in the business and legal communities. This makes Howard a very significant addition to our firm."

Hobbs, 59, brings to Web Portal Design Inc., 17 years experience in the architectural design and administration of information technology in developing companies and venture capitalists, principally in technology-related industries, in the areas of venture capital financing and public benefit corporations.

He also has a strong background in corporate mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on private, negotiated acquisition counseling. Hobbs received his J.D. from the William Blackstone Law School in Chicago in 1970 and earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Fresno State College in 1959 in only three years. Ronald Reagan signed Howard's 1975 Master's degree which broke new ground in computer modeling design for the teaching of reading and writing in elementary and secondary education. Hobbs also earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Southern California in 1981.

Hobbs was a Ford Fellow in the California State Legislature in 1957-1958. Hobbs later received a Hoover Institution Grant at the Leland Stanford Jr. University Campus in Palo Alto for graduate study in ethics and public policy. Hobbs was a research attorney for the well known Fresno defense firm of Dawson & Ninnis before joinng the Washington D.C. offices of the Econmics Institute in 1986.

Web Portal Design, Inc. is a public benefit California corporation which primarily serves emerging growth companies, small businesses, associations, public companies, cultural, and financial institutions.

Web Portal Design Inc. clients are leaders in technology, computer equipment, telecommunications, and are specialty retail and consumer manufacturers and re-sellers. Clients include some of the nation's leading museums, presidential libraries, newspapers, and university research grant services.

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