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Capital Markets Leadership


Gary L. Wedbush
Executive Vice President & Head of Capital Markets

Gary Wedbush is Executive Vice President and Head of Capital Markets and Correspondent Services for Wedbush Securities. He has been with Wedbush since February 1998 and is responsible for all Capital Markets functions, including investment banking, equities, fixed income, and clearing and execution services. Gary is a member of the Wedbush Securities President’s Executive and Executive Management Committees, and a Board Member of LimeBrokerage. Prior to joining the firm, Gary was Principal and Director of Convertible Securities of the former Montgomery Securities (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch Securities) in San Francisco. He also served as an institutional trader in the Convertible Securities departments at Lehman Brothers and S.G. Warburg in New York. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Equities

Kirsten Fraunces
Managing Director & Co-Head of Equities

Ms. Fraunces is Managing Director & Co-Head of Equities at Wedbush Securities. She possesses more than 20 years of industry experience and has been with Wedbush for 14 years. Kirsten manages the Institutional Equity Sales team of 20 sales representatives, which provides proprietary research ideas to 2,500 global investment managers. She also oversees the corporate access program providing over 100 non-deal road shows, three major annual investor conferences, in additional to regional bus tours and networking events in each of the research verticals. Prior to joining Wedbush, Ms. Fraunces was a Vice President in Equity Research at Merrill Lynch in the technology equity research group. She started her career at J.P Morgan Investment Management as an associate in Equity Research. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Music from Smith College and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Ian Winer
Managing Director & Co-Head of Equities

Mr. Winer is Managing Director & Head of Equities at Wedbush Securities. With more than 21 years of experience, he brings both sell-side and buy-side perspectives to the firm’s equities team. Mr. Winer is responsible for all aspects of the Equities Division including the management and supervision of all colleagues and risk controls. Prior to joining Wedbush, Mr. Winer was a Portfolio Manager at SAC Capital Management working directly with Steve Cohen. Mr. Winer received his BS in International Relations with a minor in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first book on ways to improve human connection in life and business is due in early 2018.

Investment Banking

Benjamin J. Davey
Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets

Ben Davey is a Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets at Wedbush Securities. He has previously served as the Head of Equity Syndicate/Equity Capital Markets at ThinkEquity Partners (ThinkPanmure), Vice President/ECM at JP Morgan Chase and VP/Deal Captain at Hambrecht & Quist. Ben joined Pacific Growth in October 2007 and has over 12 years in the industry while executing over 200 equity offerings.

Ben holds an MBA from Thunderbird and a BS in Business & a BA Economics from Saint Mary’s College.

Christopher Hagar
Managing Director, Director of Consumer Investment Banking

Mr. Hagar is a Managing Director in Wedbush Securities' Consumer Investment Banking Group. He has over 15 years of investment banking experience in Consumer Products, Retailing, Consumer Technology & Media, Internet Retail & eCommerce, and has completed over 55 transactions including public offerings, private placements and M&A advisory principally for small cap and emerging growth clients. Previously, Mr. Hagar was the lead Investment Banker in the Consumer sector at Oppenheimer & Co., as well as an Associate in investment banking with Bear, Stearns & Co. and a management consultant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Hagar received his BSBA and graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri and received his MBA from Southern Methodist University.

F. Burke Dempsey
Managing Director, Director of Financial Institutions Investment Banking

Mr. Dempsey is Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking for Wedbush Securities. Mr. Dempsey has over 30 years of global corporate finance experience, executing over 195 transactions worth approximately $65 billion. Prior to Wedbush, Mr. Dempsey was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Financial Institutions at Sterne Agee CRT.

Over his career, Mr. Dempsey has advised some of the largest global financial companies on acquisitions or divestitures such as: American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, Chicago Mercantile, CBOE, Dai-Ichi Kangyo, Fidelity National Financial, General Electric, Ford Motor, General Motors Acceptance, Reuters, and Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr. Dempsey also held Key Man responsibilities as a contractor to the FDIC.

In the early 1990’s Mr. Dempsey was involved in privatization and sovereign debt restructuring coverage of eastern European emerging markets such as Ukraine and the Czech Republic. In 1991, Mr. Dempsey was chosen by the Kuwait Investment Authority to advise on the post-war reconstruction of several investment companies and the banking industry. His team was one of the first in Kuwait after the Gulf War.

Over his career Mr. Dempsey lived and worked in New York, London, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Mr. Dempsey holds a B.S in Applied Earth Science from Stanford University.

Mr. Dempsey and his wife of 28 years, Elizabeth, live in Greenwich, CT and have two adult children.

Jonathan Howe
Managing Director and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Group

Jonathan Howe is Managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions in the Wedbush Securities Investment Banking Group. Jonathan has over 25 years of investment banking experience gained while working at Wedbush Securities, Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., and Houlihan Lokey. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions representing both acquirers and sellers with particular expertise representing Special Committees of Boards of Directors. He has also closed numerous transactions for public and private clients in the forms of public offerings and private placements as well as advisory assignments including fairness opinion engagements. Additionally, he served as the CFO of Big Dog Holdings, a branded specialty retailer, where he co-led the company's successful IPO. Jonathan received his MBA from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Advanced Securities

Sheri Kaiserman
Managing Director, Head of Advanced Securities Division

Sheri Kaiserman is Managing Director, Head of Advanced Securities at Wedbush, a recently created role for her to build a new division for the firm, focused on products and services related to private companies and the bitcoin/blockchain ecosystem. Mrs. Kaiserman joined Wedbush in August 1999, as Director of Equity Sales and played a leading role in the establishment, innovation and persistent rapid growth of the firm’s equities business. Until 2015, Kaiserman led over 140 professionals as Head of Equities, managing all of equity research, sales, and trading. In this role she created the Specialty Retail Specialist Group, Private Company Strategies Group and the Digital Contract Technology Group. Kaiserman has over 27 years of experience in capital markets. She was awarded the “Excellence in Leadership” award from Trader Magazine in 2012, was a top 10 finalist Executive of the Year nominee at the 2010 Los Angeles Business Journal sponsored event, “Women Making a Difference” and has been a guest on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. Mrs. Kaiserman has a BA in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Raised in the Bronx, New York, she moved to California in 1989. Mrs. Kaiserman currently lives in Cheviot Hills, California with her husband and 3 children. She had been actively involved in coaching her children’s youth sports teams. She serves as a member of the advisory board of HealthcarePays, is a board member for Friends of Palms, the primary parent fundraising organization for Palms Middle School, is a leader for community outreach for Hamilton High School and has been a national judge for InvestWrite, a national writing competition sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation for students in 4th through 12th grade.

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