SCOTT KESSLER is a Senior Director with Standard & Poor’s, heading up information technology sector equity research efforts and covering individual stocks. Since 2000 he has personally covered Internet software and services, and Internet retail companies, including bellwethers eBay, Google and Yahoo. Mr. Kessler received the S&P Analyst of the Year award in 2006 and a Gold SPARC award for innovation in 2007. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1992 and received a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995.
MICHAEL SOUERS joined Standard & Poor’s U.S. Equity Research in 2004, where he is currently an industry Analyst in the consumer discretionary retail group. He primarily covers home improvement retailers, home furnishings retailers, consumer electronics retailers and other specialty retail companies. Prior to joining S&P, he worked as an investment analyst intern at Teacher Retirement System of Texas, where he covered basic materials stocks. He previously worked as an Associate in the Private Wealth Management Group at Bank One. Mr. Souers received a B.S. in finance at Trinity University and an MBA in finance from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.