Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> February 24, 2003

Ben Plotkin – Ryan Beck & Co (bbx)

BEN A. PLOTKIN is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Beck & Co. Mr. Plotkin joined Ryan Beck as an investment banker in 1987. Since joining Ryan Beck, he has been responsible for managing numerous offerings of equity and debt securities for financial institutions. Mr. Plotkin serves as a Financial Advisor to many financial institutions regarding mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Plotkin specializes in assisting mutuals with corporate strategy. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Plotkin has taken the firm private. In addition, he has diversified and grown the firm's revenues. Currently, Ryan Beck has over 1300 employees and annual revenues of approximately $220 million. For over 55 years, Ryan Beck has focused on retail securities brokerage, trading, municipal finance and investment banking services for financial institutions. Recently it has expanded to provide investment banking services to middle market companies in the technology, healthcare and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Ryan Beck, Mr. Plotkin was a Senior Executive and Board member of a thrift holding company. As an attorney, he was formerly associated with a Washington, DC law firm. In his practice, he specialized in financial institution matters including public offerings and acquisitions. Mr. Plotkin has a BSBA degree from the University of Florida; a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center. His Licenses & Professional Designations: NASD Series 7, 24 & 63 Licenses. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bar Association. Profile
TWST: Would you give us a brief history and profile of Ryan Beck

& Co.?

Mr. Plotkin: Ryan Beck was formed in 1946. It has deep roots as a

municipal bond house and high-net-worth oriented