FBR's 6th Annual Technology & Growth Investor Conference to Feature WorldCom's John Sidgmore and Loudcloud's Marc Andreessen As Keynote Speakers

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc.

    ARLINGTON, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group,
 Inc. (NYSE:   FBR) announced today that WorldCom, Inc. Vice Chairman John
 Sidgmore and Loudcloud, Inc. Chairman and Co-founder Marc Andreessen will be
 the featured keynote speakers at the company's 6th Annual Technology & Growth
 Investor Conference, which will be held May 20-22 in Reston, Va.
     Mr. Sidgmore, who will address the conference on Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m.,
 was recently named the Most Influential Communications Executive in the U.S.
 by Upside Magazine.  Mr. Sidgmore has a broad wealth of experience in the
 telecommunications sector, including founding UUNET Technologies -- now a
 WorldCom company -- which has become the world's largest Internet access
 provider with more than 70,000 business customers, 6,500 employees worldwide
 and more than $4 billion in revenue.  He is also chairman of eCommerce
 Industries, Inc., (ECI2), and in October 2000 became chairman of Strategy.com
 Incorporated.
     Mr. Andreessen is co-founder and Chairman of Loudcloud, a leading software
 infrastructure service provider.  Loudcloud offers a new solution for
 outsourcing global Internet operations for enterprise companies, application
 service providers and large-scale Internet businesses.   Prior to co-founding
 Loudcloud Mr. Andreessen was the Chief Technology Officer of America Online,
 Inc.  Hewill address the conference on Tuesday, May 22 at 1 p.m.  At AOL, Mr.
 Andreessen guided the technological direction of the world's leading
 interactive services and Internet company.  Prior to joining AOL, he was the
 Chief Technology Officer, and then later Executive Vice President of Products,
 for Netscape Communications Corporation where he played a critical role in
 guiding the company's growth.  As an undergraduate at the University of
 Illinois in Champaign, Andreessen created the first prototype of the Mosaic
 browser with a team of students and staff at the University's National Center
 for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). With a friendly, point-and-click
 method for navigating the Internet and free distribution to network users,
 NCSA Mosaic gained an estimated 2 million users worldwide in just over one
 year.
     "With their experience and insight into today's technology marketplace,
 John and Marc are among the industry's most important thought leaders and we
 are grateful for their participation," said Philip J. Facchina, Senior
 Managing Director of FBR's Technology and Growth Capital Markets.  "Coupled
 with the impressive list of companies that will present to the more than 1,000
 attendees registered for this conference, we look forward to providing a deep
 and broad range of analysis on the technology sector and a unique view into
 this dynamic market."
     This conference will feature presentations from 100 public and private
 companies from across the country and will provide a tightly-focused forum
 where institutional investors and high net worth individuals will be able to
 interact directly with an array of corporate leaders, industry trend setters,
 and other technology executives.
     For more information and to view a complete list of presenting companies
 at this conference, please visit the Web site at http://www.fbr.com/techconf .
 Attendance at the conference is by invitation only.  Investors should contact
 their FBR representative for more information.
     This conference is sponsored by Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.
 
     Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. (NYSE:   FBR) is a financial holding
 company for investment banking, institutional brokerage, specialized asset
 management, and banking products and services. FBR provides capital and
 financial expertise throughout a company's lifecycle and affords investors
 access to a range of proprietary financial products and services.
 Headquartered in the Washington metropolitan area, FBR has offices in
 Arlington and Reston, Va., Bethesda, Md., Boston, Charlotte, Chicago,
 Cleveland, Dallas, Irvine, Ca., New York City, Portland, Seattle, London, and
 Vienna. For more information, see http://www.fbr.com .
 
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    ARLINGTON, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group,
 Inc. (NYSE:   FBR) announced today that WorldCom, Inc. Vice Chairman John
 Sidgmore and Loudcloud, Inc. Chairman and Co-founder Marc Andreessen will be
 the featured keynote speakers at the company's 6th Annual Technology & Growth
 Investor Conference, which will be held May 20-22 in Reston, Va.
     Mr. Sidgmore, who will address the conference on Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m.,
 was recently named the Most Influential Communications Executive in the U.S.
 by Upside Magazine.  Mr. Sidgmore has a broad wealth of experience in the
 telecommunications sector, including founding UUNET Technologies -- now a
 WorldCom company -- which has become the world's largest Internet access
 provider with more than 70,000 business customers, 6,500 employees worldwide
 and more than $4 billion in revenue.  He is also chairman of eCommerce
 Industries, Inc., (ECI2), and in October 2000 became chairman of Strategy.com
 Incorporated.
     Mr. Andreessen is co-founder and Chairman of Loudcloud, a leading software
 infrastructure service provider.  Loudcloud offers a new solution for
 outsourcing global Internet operations for enterprise companies, application
 service providers and large-scale Internet businesses.   Prior to co-founding
 Loudcloud Mr. Andreessen was the Chief Technology Officer of America Online,
 Inc.  Hewill address the conference on Tuesday, May 22 at 1 p.m.  At AOL, Mr.
 Andreessen guided the technological direction of the world's leading
 interactive services and Internet company.  Prior to joining AOL, he was the
 Chief Technology Officer, and then later Executive Vice President of Products,
 for Netscape Communications Corporation where he played a critical role in
 guiding the company's growth.  As an undergraduate at the University of
 Illinois in Champaign, Andreessen created the first prototype of the Mosaic
 browser with a team of students and staff at the University's National Center
 for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). With a friendly, point-and-click
 method for navigating the Internet and free distribution to network users,
 NCSA Mosaic gained an estimated 2 million users worldwide in just over one
 year.
     "With their experience and insight into today's technology marketplace,
 John and Marc are among the industry's most important thought leaders and we
 are grateful for their participation," said Philip J. Facchina, Senior
 Managing Director of FBR's Technology and Growth Capital Markets.  "Coupled
 with the impressive list of companies that will present to the more than 1,000
 attendees registered for this conference, we look forward to providing a deep
 and broad range of analysis on the technology sector and a unique view into
 this dynamic market."
     This conference will feature presentations from 100 public and private
 companies from across the country and will provide a tightly-focused forum
 where institutional investors and high net worth individuals will be able to
 interact directly with an array of corporate leaders, industry trend setters,
 and other technology executives.
     For more information and to view a complete list of presenting companies
 at this conference, please visit the Web site at http://www.fbr.com/techconf .
 Attendance at the conference is by invitation only.  Investors should contact
 their FBR representative for more information.
     This conference is sponsored by Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc.
 
     Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. (NYSE:   FBR) is a financial holding
 company for investment banking, institutional brokerage, specialized asset
 management, and banking products and services. FBR provides capital and
 financial expertise throughout a company's lifecycle and affords investors
 access to a range of proprietary financial products and services.
 Headquartered in the Washington metropolitan area, FBR has offices in
 Arlington and Reston, Va., Bethesda, Md., Boston, Charlotte, Chicago,
 Cleveland, Dallas, Irvine, Ca., New York City, Portland, Seattle, London, and
 Vienna. For more information, see http://www.fbr.com .
 
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