Andrew W. Stapp, CMA, joined B. Riley & Co. in 2007 as a Senior Equity Research Analyst who focuses on banks and thrifts. Prior to joining B. Riley & Co., Mr. Stapp served as Vice President, Research, at Cohen & Company, where he also covered financial institutions. Before that he was involved in investment banking, successfully consummating approximately 100 M&A transactions in the financial services industry. Mr. Stapp has been a frequent speaker and author on valuation and other issues involving the banking sector; he has been quoted in numerous publications, including American Banker, ABA Banking Journal and SNL Financial. He was ranked as a top-five analyst in the banking sector in 2008 by Forbes Magazine. Mr. Stapp received his MBA in finance from The University of Tennessee, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma in recognition of his academic achievements.