CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- WexTrust Capital, LLC, a globally diversified private equity and specialty finance company, announced today that it has selected Paul J. Adrian as fund manager. In his new role, Mr. Adrian will lead the development of WexTrust Capital's new commodity based investment funds.

Mr. Adrian has spent his entire career in the financial services industry and has worked as a successful trader for over 23 years in several different categories including equities, financials, and agricultural markets. He is a full member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which today, he still uses to trade his own futures account.

Before becoming an independent trader, Mr. Adrian completed an apprenticeship at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where he honed his disciplined trading philosophy and served as a liaison between the exchange and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Adrian also served on the CME's Membership Committee, the Clearing House Oversight Committee, the Clearing House Performance Bond Committee, and the Foreign Currency Committee.

"Paul is a seasoned veteran with a wealth of trading experience," said Steven Byers, chief executive officer of WexTrust Capital. "We are pleased to have him on board as we create new investment opportunities for accredited and qualified investors who are seeking new and innovative ways to put their capital to work."

In the past, an investment portfolio consisting of equities (stocks), fixed income (bonds), money markets (CDs, time deposits), real estate and cash were considered to be ideal in terms of asset classes and diversification. However, current modern portfolio theory has taken into account many new variables which are altering the definition of the ideal balanced and diversified portfolio to include a much broader asset diversification into investments such as derivatives, futures and options, commodities, and foreign exchange.

"WexTrust Capital has a proven track record of protecting its clients' assets and delivering a superior return-on-investment through its diverse portfolio of principal investments," said Paul Adrian. "I look forward to working with WexTrust Capital's talented management team in developing commodity-based investment funds that provide portfolio diversity and performance uncorrelated to traditional equity and bond markets."

About WexTrust Capital

WexTrust Capital, LLC is a globally diversified private equity and specialty finance company with a proven track record for protecting its clients' assets and delivering a superior return-on-investment through its diverse portfolio of principal investments. WexTrust Capital specializes in unique investment opportunities ranging from real estate to specialty finance and investment banking. Headquartered in Chicago, the company also maintains offices in New York, Norfolk, Va., Atlanta, Boca Raton, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Tel Aviv, Israel, and Johannesburg, South Africa. More information can be found at

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