March 16, 2001

Charles Patrick Garcia, Chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Investment Group, Inc., has been named to a first-ever Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) that will review and nominate to the President of the United States candidates for federal district judges and U.S. Attorney's in Florida. Garcia was nominated for the commission by Governor Jeb Bush in a joint announcement with Florida Congressmen Bill Young and Clay Shaw.

Garcia is one of 19 members of the JNC representing the Southern District. "This commission -- composed of distinguished Floridians from across the state -- will ensure that only the names of highly qualified individuals will be submitted to President Bush for his consideration," said Congressmen Young and Shaw in their joint announcement.

Garcia has been the subject of numerous television and news articles since Garcia was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. Univision Television Network featured Garcia as part of a series that profiles Latin American Hispanics that have achieved extraordinary levels of success and who serve as a role model to the Hispanic community at large. The thirty-second feature began airing in February and will continue to run every day to Univision's worldwide Hispanic audience of more than 130 million viewers. In honor of his achievements in the United States, Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso invited Garcia, who is Panamanian by birth, and his family to a private reception at the Presidential Palace in March. During that visit, Garcia also received the Key to the City of Panama.

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