Consumer >> Analyst Interviews >> March 23, 2009

Outlook For Specialty Apparel Stores – Samantha Panella – Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Samantha Panella is a Vice President at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. She rejoined Raymond James & Associates in September 2006 as a Research Analyst focusing on the softline retail sector. She originally joined Raymond James equity research in May 2000, covering the growth airlines sector alongside Managing Director Jim Parker through 2005. In 2003, Ms. Panella and Mr. Parker were named as a team to the Institutional Investor All-America research team as runners-up for their coverage of the growth airlines sector. They were also recognized as a team in the 2005 StarMine Top Analyst Survey for stock-picking. Prior to joining Raymond James, she was an Assistant Vice President at SunTrust Equitable Securities and a Senior Research Associate at The Robinson Humphrey Company. She graduated from Villanova University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Profile
TWST: Within the specialty retail space, where do you focus your attention?

Ms. Panella: I focus mostly on the specialty stores and primarily on women's

fashion, although some of the