Energy Focus Creates Advisory Board -- Rear Admiral Kendell Pease, US Navy Retired, Appointed as Senior Military Advisor

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SOLON, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (OTCQB:EFOI) today announced the creation of an Energy Focus Advisory Board to be comprised of leading experts in government and commercial markets.

"We are pleased to announce the formation of Energy Focus' new Advisory Board whose purpose will be to help us penetrate significant market segments by bringing key industry insights and connections to critical decision-making networks to Energy Focus as we grow our LED retrofit businesses," said James Tu, Energy Focus Executive Chairman.

"After serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy and spending 15 years at General Dynamics, Rear Admiral Pease is an ideal choice for our inaugural Advisory Board member. Rear Admiral Pease worked not only as the Navy's Chief of Information, but also more recently as General Dynamics' vice president of government relations. His vast wealth of experience and understanding of United States Navy and government contracting procedures will be invaluable in our initiative to expedite LED adoption throughout the military fleet," continued Mr. Tu.

Eric Hilliard, Energy Focus President and Chief Operating Officer adds, "We very much look forward to the Rear Admiral's support as we transform the Navy's lighting from its legacy incandescent and fluorescent technology to an all LED solution. Energy Focus' military LED product line, which includes our IntelliTube® - technology, will bring much reduced life cycle costs as well as significant ongoing energy savings due to its superior efficiency."

"I am pleased to join Energy Focus as an Advisory Board member to help the Company continue to bring energy efficient lighting products to the fleet, which will be critical in meeting the fuel savings targeted by the Secretary of the Navy," said Rear Admiral Pease, USN retired. "Energy Focus' LED lighting technology is an important element in fostering good economics for the Navy, and it's also equally important as a strategic factor in elevating fleet readiness upon which we all rely."

Forward Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For more information about potential factors that could affect the financial results of Energy Focus, please refer to the Company's SEC reports, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Energy Focus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

About Kendell Pease

Kendell Pease became General Dynamics vice president – Government Relations and Communications in May 2006. He previously had served as vice president – Communications, since May 1998, when he joined General Dynamics. Pease retired from General Dynamics in January of this year after 15 years with the Company and is now heading a Government Relations and Public Relations consulting firm.

Prior to joining General Dynamics, Pease served 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and was the Navy's Chief of Information from July 1992 to April 1998. He retired from active duty in May 1998 as a rear admiral.

Pease was born in April 1945 in Boston, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1963. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 and a master's degree in mass communications from American University in 1975. He is the recipient of four Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America for excellence in public relations. He is a member of the board of the Armed Services YMCA, Metro-USO, and the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Trustee, United States Naval Academy Foundation, Trustee, US Naval Institute and is on the board of Heroes & Families Foundation.

About Energy Focus, Inc.

Energy Focus, Inc. is a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products, turnkey energy efficient lighting solutions and a developer of energy efficient lighting technology. Our solutions provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Government includes numerous research and development projects for the DOE and DARPA, creating energy efficient LED lighting systems for the U.S. Navy fleet.

Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies as well as Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy, swimming pool builders and many others. Company headquarters are located in Solon, OH, with additional offices in Nashville, TN, Pleasanton, CA, and the United Kingdom.

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