Industry Veterans Form Management Consulting Firm

Mary T. ORourke, Andrew V. Jassin and Mahoney CohenandCo., CPA, P.C., recently announced they have
joined together to form the Jassin-ORourke Group LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in
all areas of the fiber, textile, apparel and home furnishings industries.Jassin-ORourke will be
headquartered in New York, offering global business solutions to companies in these sectors through
its offices in North America, Asia and Europe.According to company officials, Jassin-ORourke will
focus on five principal areas of expertise: corporate strategy, global manufacturing and sourcing,
brand management/licensing, mergers and acquisitions/strategic alliances and organizational
structure.We are seeing more and more fiber and textile companies and related businesses seeking
partnerships through joint venture, strategic alliance or acquisition as a means of adding value to
their traditional core product line and we expect these kinds of partnerships to continue
throughout the chain, ORourke said. We believe Jassin-ORourke is uniquely positioned to help
companies form these kinds of strategies and help implement them.Jassin was formerly managing
director of the Marketing Management Group, a consulting company he founded in 1989 specializing in
the apparel, accessories, jewelry and home furnishings.ORourke was previously vice president of
strategy and marketing at Werner International, a consulting firm that serves the global fiber,
textile, apparel and home furnishings sectors.

August 1999