Brandon Dobell, Principal, Group Head of Global Services, specializes in the educational and real estate industries at William Blair & Company, L.L.C. Mr. Dobell was previously Group Head of Global Services research at Credit Suisse Group AG. He also worked in equity research at Bank of America Securities LLC. Mr. Dobell has won two awards in the Financial Times/StarMine “World’s Top Analysts” listing, including the number two earnings estimator for 2008 in diversified consumer services and the number one earnings estimator for 2009 in real estate management and development. Mr. Dobell has an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and B.A. in history and political science from the University of California, San Diego.