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Specialty Chemicals & Materials Companies: Christopher Crooks – Commerce Capital Markets

CHRISTOPHER M. CROOKS' research at Commerce Capital Markets is focused primarily on the chemical industry, with particular emphasis on specialty chemical and materials companies and related special situations. Commerce Capital is part of Commerce Bank. Mr. Crooks was a Senior Equity Research Analyst for seven years with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Prior to that, he was with the investment banking firm of Foley, Mofson, Howe and Co. He was selected to The Wall Street Journal's annual All-Star Analyst Survey in 1997, fifth in stock picking; 1998, second in stock picking; 1999, second in stock picking and fourth in estimate accuracy; and 2000, fifth in estimate accuracy. Mr. Crooks has been recognized by Reuters in its Survey of US Mid to Smaller Corporation Fund Managers for his chemical research. He has been named a Five-Star Analyst for his chemical industry research by Zack's Investment Research, Inc. Mr. Crooks holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and received an MBA from Villanova University with a dual concentration in Finance and Economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and his professional memberships include the Association for Investment Management and Research, The Financial Analysts of Philadelphia and the American Chemical Society. Profile
TWST: Would you describe your coverage and tell us how your stocks have


Mr. Crooks: Our universe consists of specialty chemical and materials

companies, primarily in the mid- to