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Peter J. Wirth

Executive Vice President
Head of Investment Banking

Mr. Wirth joined KBW's Investment Banking Department in 1982. He began his career in the New York office before moving to San Francisco in 1987 to initiate the firm's investment banking business in California. In 1991, Mr. Wirth returned to New York while maintaining California and Western U.S. client coverage. Since then, he has held several management positions within the Investment Banking Department; in 2002 he was named Executive Vice President and Associate Director of Investment Banking; and in 2010 was appointed Global Head of Investment Banking.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Wirth also sits on the Board of Directors for charitable organizations including the African Rainforest Conservancy and Educate!

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Scott R. Anderson

Managing Director
Co-Head of Depositories Investment Banking

Mr. Anderson has served as Co-Head of KBW's Depository Investment Banking Group since 2010 and is based in the firm's New York headquarters. He is responsible for strategic advisory assignments for banks and thrifts including merger and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Mr. Anderson has over 20 years of industry experience and first joined KBW in 2000 as a Managing Director covering the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Managing Director at First Union Securities.

Mr. Anderson holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

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Seth Bair

Managing Director
Co-Head of Insurance and Asset Management Investment Banking

Mr. Bair is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, public and private capital raisings, mutual conversions, and other investment banking services for the insurance industry. Prior to attending business school, he was a founding member of KBW's insurance investment banking practice and worked in the financial services group of Alex, Brown & Sons where he covered insurance companies, depositories, and REITs.

Mr. Bair received a BA in Political Economy from Williams College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Joseph P. Beebe

Managing Director
Co-Head of Insurance and Asset Management Investment Banking

Mr. Beebe joined KBW in 2003 and leads the firm's Insurance and Asset Management Investment Banking practice in the U.S. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for insurance companies, asset managers, and related entities. He has advised clients on a wide variety of strategic and capital raising engagements across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Prior to joining KBW, Mr. Beebe spent the previous eight years at Fox-Pitt, Kelton, Inc. as a Managing Director in the Investment Banking division where he focused on both the insurance and banking industries. In addition, he led the firm's advisory practice with U.S. depository institutions. Mr. Beebe began his career with the Irving Trust Company and spent 12 years working for Midlantic Corporation in both the U.S. and London.

Mr. Beebe graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Economics and earned an MBA in Finance from Pace University. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Patriot Financial Partners, L.P., which is a Philadelphia-headquartered private equity fund focused on the financial services industry.

Joseph S. Berry

Managing Director
Co-Head of Depositories Investment Banking

Mr. Berry was appointed Co-Head of KBW's Depository Investment Banking Group in 2010. In this role, he is responsible for merger advisory work for banks/thrifts, financial technology and payments companies as well as non-bank financials. Mr. Berry has been with KBW for over 20 years and focuses on covering companies in the Midwest, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining KBW's Investment Banking Department in 1998, Mr. Berry spent two years in KBW's Equity Research Group, where his responsibilities included research coverage of banking institutions in the Southeast. Mr. Berry graduated cum laude from Bucknell University in 1996 with a B.A. in Economics and English.

Mr. Berry serves on the Board of Directors for the Historic Hudson Valley and Lyndhurst Castle, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

John G. Duffy

Vice Chairman

Mr. Duffy has been with KBW for 33 years. He was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman in October 2011, after having served as Chairman and CEO since September 2001. Prior to that, he was President and Co-CEO, a position he assumed in July 1999.

From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Duffy was Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Banking. In that role, he was responsible for managing the firm's substantial merger & acquisition practice in the financial services industry as well as KBW's corporate finance activities in the equity and debt markets.

Prior to joining KBW in 1978 to manage the company's BankWatch division, Mr. Duffy was the Vice President in charge of ratings for depository institutions in the corporate ratings department of Standard & Poor's Corporation. In 1971, he received his B.A. in Economics from The City College of New York and attended the Bernard Baruch Graduate Program of the City University of New York.

Mr. Duffy serves on the U.S. Advisory Board of Trustees of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College in Dublin, Ireland. He is also a Trustee of Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY. In addition, Mr. Duffy serves on the Advisory Council of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College and is a former Trustee of Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT as well as Chairman of JBJ Holdings, a food distribution company in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Stephen Howard

Executive Vice President
Co-Head of European Investment Banking

Mr. Howard joined KBW in 2004 and was instrumental in founding the firm's European investment banking business, based in London.

Prior to joining KBW, Mr. Howard spent 16 years at Kleinwort Benson / Dresdner Kleinwort where he served as Global Head of Financial Institutions and advised on several major takeovers such as NatWest's takeover by RBS and the takeover of Dresdner by Allianz. He earned his law degree from Cambridge University and began his career as a solicitor at Freshfields.

Keith Meyers

Managing Director
Head of Financial Services Investment Banking

Mr. Meyers is a Managing Director based in Atlanta and leads KBW's new Financial Services Group, which serves clients in the specialty finance, mortgage finance, securities, alternative asset management, and financial technology sectors.

Mr. Meyers brings more than 17 years of relevant experience serving both strategic and private equity investors in the financial services sector. He comes to KBW from Raymond James where he was a Managing Director in the Financial Services Investment Banking Group. Previously, he served as Head of the Financial Services & Transaction Processing Investment Banking Group at Morgan Keegan & Company. Earlier in his career, he worked in the business advisory and assurance practice at Deloitte & Touche (CPA, inactive).

Mr. Meyers has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BSBA from Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Ben A. Plotkin

Executive Vice President

Mr. Plotkin joined KBW's Investment Banking Division in 2013 as part of the merger between Stifel and KBW. He has been Vice Chairman and a Director of Stifel Financial Corp. since August 2007 and an Executive Vice President of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated since February 28, 2007.

Mr. Plotkin is responsible for developing Stifel's corporate strategy. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Beck & Company, Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition by Stifel in February 2007. Mr. Plotkin was elected Executive Vice President of Ryan Beck in 1990 after serving as its Senior Vice President in 1989, and before that, its First Vice President in 1987. He joined Ryan Beck in May of 1987 as Director and Vice President in the Investment Banking Division.

Andrew M. Senchak


Mr. Senchak has been Chairman of KBW since October 2011. Mr. Senchak has been with the firm for more than 25 years and, prior to becoming Chairman, served as Vice Chairman and President. In this role he was responsible for oversight of KBW's substantial Corporate Finance practice, which includes mergers & acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings and capital markets transactions.

In 1997, he became a Director of Keefe as well as head of the Investment Banking Department, and was elected its Vice Chairman and President in 2001. He is also a Director of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Limited in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining KBW's Investment Banking department in 1985, Mr. Senchak taught Economics at Rutgers University and spent two and a half years in Brazil with the Peace Corps.

He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Lafayette College and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Mr. Senchak is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, the KBW Family Fund and the MacDowell Colony. In addition, he served on the Board of WeatherWise USA, Inc., a private company, from 1996 to 2011.