AMBER Development Group Formed to Lead Corporate Outreach and Funding Efforts for National Expansion of AMBER Alert System

PHOENIX--()--April 27, 2005--The AMBER Alert Consortium, a public/private partnership deploying a state-by-state alert system linking law enforcement and citizens in the common goal to rescue kidnapped children, today announced the formation of the AMBER Development Group. The group will lead corporate outreach and funding efforts to support the ongoing operations and expansion of the AMBER Alert web portal. Venture capitalist Granger Whitelaw will serve as the group's Chairman and will be joined by Max Fratoddi, former FBI national security official, as President.

"The AMBER Development Group will significantly contribute to the nation-wide deployment of the Portal," said Chris Warner, Founding Partner of the Consortium. "Granger's 25-year career in technology, finance and marketing will be crucial as the AMBER Alert system continues to evolve."

Mr. Whitelaw is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of BlueCar Partners, LLC a global venture-consulting firm that provides capital, strategic consulting and business development services to promote the growth and success of innovative companies. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Whitelaw has led the firm in the launch and expansion of more than 20 companies, including TrendSphere, a think tank and consultancy for Fortune 500 Chief Technology Officers, EOCNet.com, which helps companies establish a virtual presence outside home markets, and Kalorama Studios, a major motion picture and event site in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mr. Whitelaw served as Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions at Grady & Hatch. He studied International Trade & Marketing at the University of Minnesota.

While working at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Fratoddi served in an inter-agency capacity as Interim Director and FBI Program Manager, Counterdrug Intelligence Executive Secretariat (CDX) and as U.S. Advisor, Southeast European Cooperative Initiative. During this time he focused on national security, counter-terrorism, organized crime and counter-drug intelligence matters.

As the U.S. Advisor to 12 nations in Central and Eastern Europe, Mr. Fratoddi helped create regional strategies for combating human-trafficking and national task forces consisting of multiple agencies which led to the successful rescue from slavery of more than 100 women and children. In the office of the Counterdrug Intelligence Executive Secretariat, Mr. Fratoddi oversaw all executive, operational and administrative elements while managing federal and local law enforcement and intelligence community projects.

After the events of September 11, 2001, he represented the FBI and CDX at International Association of Chief's of Police summits, helping to create and implement a National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan to address systemic intelligence sharing infrastructure deficiencies identified after 9/11.

Mr. Fratoddi previously managed counterterrorism investigations in both India and Pakistan. As a result of his leadership in India he was the recipient of the Director's Award for Special Achievement. He also served as FBI Legal Attache at the American Embassies in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Prior to his tenure at the FBI, he was employed by the Department of State and the United States Marine Corps where he served in over 32 countries including two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Mr. Fratoddi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Memphis State University, has studied Russian at Yale University and did post-graduate work at several universities including the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C. As a manager at the FBI, he was chosen to attend the Executive Development Institute and successfully completed a one-year fellowship at the Department of State Senior Seminar.

"Max Fratoddi has given 30 years of his life to protecting his country and vulnerable children," Mr. Warner stated. "We're proud he chose to continue his mission with our team, bringing his considerable expertise and understanding of the law enforcement and national security communities to bear on behalf of Consortium."

About the AMBER Alert Consortium

The AMBER Alert Consortium (www.AmberAlert.com) is a public/private partnership developed and led by state governments, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, the law enforcement community, broadcasters, corporate citizens and non-governmental organizations. In the event of a child abduction where serious harm is believed possible, an alert is sent from law enforcement through the portal to all relevant parties, including law enforcement, probation and corrections officers, transportation and border patrol agencies, the media and other partner organizations. The public plays a critical role in the success of the system, signing up to receive Amber Alerts on their cell phones, pagers, fax machines, email and desktop computers. This public service is provided free of charge to states and their respective law enforcement agencies through the support or corporate citizens and the volunteer efforts of thousands of organizations and individuals nationwide.

For more information about the AMBER Alert Consortium, please visit www.AmberAlert.com or contact David Rosen, Walek & Associates, at 212-889-4113 or david@walek.com.

Contacts

Walek & Associates
David Rosen, 212-889-4113
david@walek.com

Contacts

Walek & Associates
David Rosen, 212-889-4113
david@walek.com