BRETT RABATIN comes to Sterne Agee & Leach, Inc., from FTNN Midwest Securities Corp., where he was a sell-side Equity Research Analyst for eight years. He covered small- and mid-cap banks located predominately in the West and Texas. Mr. Rabatin’s previous experience includes positions at J.C. Bradford, Mercer Capital and Bank Compensation Strategies Group, primarily focusing on transaction advisory, strategic planning and valuation services for financial institutions, as well as analysis of benefit plans and related compliance with banking regulations. He was the number one stock picker in The Wall Street Journal’s Best on The Street survey for Banks and Thrifts in 2002, was recognized as number two overall in 2004 in Forbes and StarMine, and was the number two overall earnings estimator in 2004 within the bank/thrift sector. Mr. Rabatin has a BBA in finance from the University of Memphis. He is a Member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Nashville.