P> Crossing the Chasm: Boscobel Marketing Communications' Joyce Bosc and Fern Krauss Public Relations' Fern Krauss have formed a joint venture. The ESTN Communications Group will offer business marketing services to a national client base in the infotech and telecom industries. Just to start off with a bang, Krauss reeled in a major new client.

On Loan: EDS' vice president George Newstrom, president of the Virginia Technology Council, has provided a loaned executive, Jim Poisant, to head the planning office for the World Information Technology Congress 1998, slated for Fairfax County under the joint sponsorship of the ITAA and the Economic Development Authority. WT Editor-at-Large Esther Smith will serve on the group's advisory board. Poisant is working out of the EDA office at (703) 790-0600.

Acquisition Time? Rumor has it that Gary Murray, CEO of $60 million Sylvest Management Systems, a 1995 Fast 50 company, has his sights set on a strategic acquisition for the UNIX integrator.

And word is also circulating that Bell Atlantic, frustrated by its inability to develop an Internet service internally, is on the prowl for a regional service provider. Apparently, they've been looking closely at PSINet Inc., Herndon, Va., and Digital Express Group Inc., Greenbelt, Md.

Moving On: Sam Hellier, former CEO of ORS Associates who logged in 31 years as an executive with General Dynamics and Booz-Allen & Hamilton, has joined the Mandell law firm in Tysons Corner, Va., as vice president of Business Advisory Services. Also moving along is Ernie Brita, former COO of MadenTech.

Buzz Buzz: Following the Northern Virginia dinner on financial strengths of the local tech market, GRC's CEO Jim Roth and financial relations guru Doug Poretz are planning a financial conference spotlighting public companies in the entire region.

You Heard It Here: Biz is picking up extremely strong signals that a venture capital fund worth at least $20 million will be formed to focus on infotech companies in the Washington area. Look for all the details in a future issue of WT within the next two months.

Watch This Space: After the Great Snow of 1996, Texas Instruments' Craig Jones has a real snowmobile story in his backpack.

White House Web: The White House home page, part deux, is just out. The freshly updated home page can be reached at

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