gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network Announces the gfn.com 25 and 50, 2001

Gay Financial Portal Honors Year's Most Influential

Gay, Lesbian Executives, Names American Express Company of the Year



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network

    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- gfn.com, the
 Gay Financial Network (http://www.gfn.com), the leading online provider of
 financial and business news, information and services to the gay and lesbian
 community, today announced the publication of the company's annual list of the
 25 most powerful and influential gay and lesbian executives and the 50 most
 powerful Fortune 500-ranked, gay-friendly publicly traded companies.  This
 year, for the first time, the selection process for the gfn.com 25 and 50 was
 interactive, considering gfn.com reader nominations for the gfn.com 25, as
 well as votes for the gfn.com 50.  Walter B. Schubert, Founder and CEO of
 gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network, made the announcement.
     "In surveying the over 100,000 members of gfn.com, the Second Annual
 gfn.com 25 and 50 recognizes and celebrates the increased awareness corporate
 America has demonstrated towards the power of the gay and lesbian community,"
 Schubert said.  "The corporate world's adoption of policies that acknowledge
 and value diversity and the contributions of LGBT employees, consumers and
 investors continues, and we look forward to next year's survey and continued
 movement towards workplace equality and greater empowerment of the gay and
 lesbian community."
     The gfn.com 25 constitutes a listing of the 25 most influential openly gay
 and lesbian executives in corporate America, based on nominations by gfn.com
 readers.  The purpose of the list is to recognize the contributions and
 continued achievements of gays and lesbians who are in powerful positions, and
 who use those positions to make a difference on a corporate and socially
 responsible level.
     "It is with great pride that gfn.com honors the achievements of the 2001
 gfn.com 25," Schubert said.  "Being out at work is the first measure of an
 executive's ability to serve as a positive role model, with the power to
 influence corporate America and ultimately create change.  The unwavering
 commitment to diversity and to improving the quality of life for every
 individual within the American corporate and gay communities is central to the
 work done each day by the individuals we honor with the gfn.com 25."
     Gay and lesbian executives nominated for and named to the 2001 gfn.com 25,
 for the second year in a row, include: David Bohnett of the David Bohnett
 Foundation; Wesley Combs and Robert Witeck of Witeck-Combs Communications; Tim
 Gill of the Tim Gill Foundation; Fred Hochberg, formerly of the Small Business
 Administration; Kathy Levinson, formerly of E*Trade; Cynthia Martin, formerly
 of Eastman Kodak; and Robert Page, of Replacements Ltd.
     Newcomers to the 2001 gfn.com 25 include: Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset
 Management; Martin Atkin JP Morgan Chase; Jay Biles of First Union; Marjorie
 Connelly of Capital One; James Law of American Express Financial Advisors;
 Shelley Meyers of Meyers Capital Management; Martina Navratilova of the
 Rainbow Endowment; Daniel Salera of FleetBoston Financial; Carla Smith of Dain
 Rauscher; and Marta Uribe, formerly of Citibank, among others.
     The annual listing of the gfn.com 50 honors the most powerful and
 gay-friendly publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies that include sexual
 orientation in their corporate non-discrimination policies and extend benefits
 to same-sex domestic partners of their employees.
     Like the gfn.com 25, readers were given the opportunity to vote for their
 favorite companies, with the vote accounting for 37.5 percent of the decision
 factor.  Additional judging criteria included each firm's revenues and profit
 growth, as well as the company's corporate policies on diversity training,
 gender identity, employee groups, marketing to the gay community, among
 others.
     This year, American Express Co. ranked No. 1 and was named gfn.com Company
 of the Year.  Other financial service providers named to the 2001 gfn.com
 50 include: Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Aetna Inc., FleetBoston
 Financial Corp., Bank of America Corp., Merrill Lynch & Co., Charles Schwab
 Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., Chubb Corp., Allstate Corp., Honeywell International
 and Fannie Mae.
     "From gfn.com's launch in 1999, our mission has been to ensure financial
 stability, growth and empowerment of gay and lesbian Americans and same-sex
 couples," Schubert said.  "We are most pleased and encouraged to celebrate the
 growing number of financial service providers paying greater attention to
 serving the unique needs of this historically underserved market."
 
      For more information please visit
      http://www.gfn.com
      http://www.gfn.com/gfn/gfn25.phtml
      http://www.gfn.com/gfn/gfn50.phtml.
 
     About gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network
     Launched in 1998, gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network (http://www.gfn.com)
 is the leading online resource devoted to the unique financial needs of the
 gay and lesbian community.  Founded by gfn.com Chairman and CEO Walter
 B. Schubert, Jr., a third-generation member and the first openly gay member of
 the New York Stock Exchange, the free site provides daily and exclusive weekly
 comprehensive business and financial news and information, as well as a
 variety of financial and investment services specially tailored to the gay and
 lesbian individuals and same-sex couples.  Known as the bridge between major
 players in the financial-services industry and the gay and lesbian community,
 gfn.com currently offers a wide array of financial services, including
 annuities, insurance, mortgages, and online banking and trading.  The
 company's headquarters are in the Financial District of New York City.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- gfn.com, the
 Gay Financial Network (http://www.gfn.com), the leading online provider of
 financial and business news, information and services to the gay and lesbian
 community, today announced the publication of the company's annual list of the
 25 most powerful and influential gay and lesbian executives and the 50 most
 powerful Fortune 500-ranked, gay-friendly publicly traded companies.  This
 year, for the first time, the selection process for the gfn.com 25 and 50 was
 interactive, considering gfn.com reader nominations for the gfn.com 25, as
 well as votes for the gfn.com 50.  Walter B. Schubert, Founder and CEO of
 gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network, made the announcement.
     "In surveying the over 100,000 members of gfn.com, the Second Annual
 gfn.com 25 and 50 recognizes and celebrates the increased awareness corporate
 America has demonstrated towards the power of the gay and lesbian community,"
 Schubert said.  "The corporate world's adoption of policies that acknowledge
 and value diversity and the contributions of LGBT employees, consumers and
 investors continues, and we look forward to next year's survey and continued
 movement towards workplace equality and greater empowerment of the gay and
 lesbian community."
     The gfn.com 25 constitutes a listing of the 25 most influential openly gay
 and lesbian executives in corporate America, based on nominations by gfn.com
 readers.  The purpose of the list is to recognize the contributions and
 continued achievements of gays and lesbians who are in powerful positions, and
 who use those positions to make a difference on a corporate and socially
 responsible level.
     "It is with great pride that gfn.com honors the achievements of the 2001
 gfn.com 25," Schubert said.  "Being out at work is the first measure of an
 executive's ability to serve as a positive role model, with the power to
 influence corporate America and ultimately create change.  The unwavering
 commitment to diversity and to improving the quality of life for every
 individual within the American corporate and gay communities is central to the
 work done each day by the individuals we honor with the gfn.com 25."
     Gay and lesbian executives nominated for and named to the 2001 gfn.com 25,
 for the second year in a row, include: David Bohnett of the David Bohnett
 Foundation; Wesley Combs and Robert Witeck of Witeck-Combs Communications; Tim
 Gill of the Tim Gill Foundation; Fred Hochberg, formerly of the Small Business
 Administration; Kathy Levinson, formerly of E*Trade; Cynthia Martin, formerly
 of Eastman Kodak; and Robert Page, of Replacements Ltd.
     Newcomers to the 2001 gfn.com 25 include: Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset
 Management; Martin Atkin JP Morgan Chase; Jay Biles of First Union; Marjorie
 Connelly of Capital One; James Law of American Express Financial Advisors;
 Shelley Meyers of Meyers Capital Management; Martina Navratilova of the
 Rainbow Endowment; Daniel Salera of FleetBoston Financial; Carla Smith of Dain
 Rauscher; and Marta Uribe, formerly of Citibank, among others.
     The annual listing of the gfn.com 50 honors the most powerful and
 gay-friendly publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies that include sexual
 orientation in their corporate non-discrimination policies and extend benefits
 to same-sex domestic partners of their employees.
     Like the gfn.com 25, readers were given the opportunity to vote for their
 favorite companies, with the vote accounting for 37.5 percent of the decision
 factor.  Additional judging criteria included each firm's revenues and profit
 growth, as well as the company's corporate policies on diversity training,
 gender identity, employee groups, marketing to the gay community, among
 others.
     This year, American Express Co. ranked No. 1 and was named gfn.com Company
 of the Year.  Other financial service providers named to the 2001 gfn.com
 50 include: Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Aetna Inc., FleetBoston
 Financial Corp., Bank of America Corp., Merrill Lynch & Co., Charles Schwab
 Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., Chubb Corp., Allstate Corp., Honeywell International
 and Fannie Mae.
     "From gfn.com's launch in 1999, our mission has been to ensure financial
 stability, growth and empowerment of gay and lesbian Americans and same-sex
 couples," Schubert said.  "We are most pleased and encouraged to celebrate the
 growing number of financial service providers paying greater attention to
 serving the unique needs of this historically underserved market."
 
      For more information please visit
      http://www.gfn.com
      http://www.gfn.com/gfn/gfn25.phtml
      http://www.gfn.com/gfn/gfn50.phtml.
 
     About gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network
     Launched in 1998, gfn.com, the Gay Financial Network (http://www.gfn.com)
 is the leading online resource devoted to the unique financial needs of the
 gay and lesbian community.  Founded by gfn.com Chairman and CEO Walter
 B. Schubert, Jr., a third-generation member and the first openly gay member of
 the New York Stock Exchange, the free site provides daily and exclusive weekly
 comprehensive business and financial news and information, as well as a
 variety of financial and investment services specially tailored to the gay and
 lesbian individuals and same-sex couples.  Known as the bridge between major
 players in the financial-services industry and the gay and lesbian community,
 gfn.com currently offers a wide array of financial services, including
 annuities, insurance, mortgages, and online banking and trading.  The
 company's headquarters are in the Financial District of New York City.
 
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