Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. Appoints William K. Mills and Gary Freeman to Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES – February 27, 2001 — Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: VCSY), a leading provider of Web commerce solutions, today announced the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors, William K. Mills and Gary Freeman.

William K. Mills is a founding partner of Parker Mills & Patel LLP, where he specializes in complex commercial business representations, including transactional and litigation matters, including legal malpractice, intellectual property and general corporate and governmental representations since 1995. Between 1991 and 1994, Mr. Mills was a senior attorney and Partner with Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard, prior to which he was a senior attorney with Radcliff & West from 1989 to 1991, senior associate with Buchalter, Nemer Fields & Younger from 1987 to 1991 and an attorney with Daniels, Baratta & Fine from 1982 to 1987.

Mr. Mills holds a J.D. from UCLA Law School and an A.B. in American Government from Harvard. Active in professional and community organizations, he has served as General Counsel to the California Association of Black Lawyers, a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Judicial Appointments Committee, and a Board Member of the John M. Langston Bar Association. He is also a Board Member of the Didi Hirsch Dental Health Foundation. He has served on the boards of United Way’s Los Angeles Metropolitan Region Board, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and the Los Angeles County Judicial Procedures Commission.

Gary Freeman is a co-founder and currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Catalyst Business Systems, Inc., a next-generation consulting firm that combines the expertise of a premier consulting firm, the strategic positioning and capital-raising capabilities of an investment bank, and the efficient processing mentality of a business process outsourcer.

Prior to founding Catalyst, Mr. Freeman was a partner at BDO Seidman, LLP, where he provided accounting, auditing and business advisory services to a diverse group of public and private technology companies including U.S. Interactive (USIT), Osicom Technologies (FIBR), Netsilicon (NSIL), Turbolinux, and He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Messrs. Mills and Freeman join President Richard Wade and Dr. Terry Washburn on the Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. Board of Directors.

“We are proud and pleased to welcome William K. Mills and Gary Freeman to our Board,” said Mr. Wade. “The depth and range of their respective backgrounds and professional contacts will add significantly to our strategic resources.”

About Vertical Computer Systems, Inc.

Vertical Computer Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of Web-based multilingual gateways, developer of proprietary software, and e-commerce solutions. The Company is based in the United States. VCSY's products and services, technology and distribution channels complement each other and are supported by its e-commerce business model, the Home Country Gateway (HCG). Utilizing its growing global network of online HCGs, the Company offers B2B, B2G and B2C solutions through its wide range of accessible resources that specifically cater to the needs and desires of targeted communities around the world. VCSY has also acquired – a complete online travel information center at

At present, VCSY has five HCGs in operation:,,,,, and is working to establish other HCG partnerships. The Company is continuously developing EmilyTM solutions, (, proprietary XML-based technology providing unique software for e-commerce, information technologies, Web-based data management and process control. VCSY also offers a free, easy and personalized email service for all Web users ( For more information, visit the Company's Web site at