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James H. Buccigross Named Vice President Of Energy Industry Practice for Group 8760

February 21, 2000 • Birmingham, Alabama

James H. Buccigross has been named vice president of energy industry practice for Group 8760 LLC. Buccigross was the former director and general counsel for the National Registry of Capacity Rights Inc. and regulatory division manager and legal counsel for Skipping Stone Inc.

He is an expert in electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions as applicable to the energy industry at the wholesale and retail levels. He is serving his second term as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB), a position he will continue to hold. In his new position at Group 8760, Buccigross will be based in Boston.

Buccigross received a B.S. degree in biology from Framingham State College, an M.B.A. cum laude from Babson College and a J.D. degree cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. Before joining the National Registry of Capacity Rights and Skipping Stone, he was employed by Lotus Development Corp. "We're very pleased and excited to have Jim Buccigross join our team," said John Williams, CEO of Group 8760 LLC. "Jim is highly respected and well known not only for his years of service to GISB and his EDI expertise, but also for his understanding of the energy industry and how e-commerce is affecting it. That Jim has joined 8760 is clearly a solid confirmation of our e-commerce product strategy." Buccigross commented "I'm very pleased to be joining Group 8760, which is a recognized leader in business-to-business electronic commerce. E-commerce is clearly the future direction of the energy industry. I'm especially gratified that I'll be able to continue my involvement with GISB."

Group 8760 was established in Birmingham in 1996. Through its enabling technology, Inside Agent, it provides the electronic infrastructure that allows its clients to connect directly with customers, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and other trading partners.