Brett Rabatin comes to Sterne Agee from FTN Midwest Securities Corp., where he was a sell-side Equity Research Analyst for nine 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. Mr. Rabatin was also recognized as number two overall in the 2004 Forbes/StarMine survey; he was the number two overall earnings estimator in 2004 within the bank/thrift sector. Mr. Rabatin is a Chartered Financial Analyst.