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Why Corporate Treasurers Embrace Diversity BDs..Mischler Fixed Income Commentary 05-31-13

Market Comment:

Greetings to special rare Sunday edition of the Syndicate Closing Commentary.  I know we’re supposed to rest on Sunday but with lots of things going on this weekend and the AFSA conference last week, playing wearing five hats and playing catch-up on a Monday is never a good idea.  Besides, after all the positive feedback I received on this commentary from all the movers and shakers in Treasury/Funding, diversity leaders, origination and syndicate folk as well as accounts that I encountered at last week’s 23rd Annual AFSA Credit Summit in Boston, I have been moved and inspired by all you and your respective organizations to go the extra mile and deliver what you said you enjoy. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

AFSA’s 23rd Annual Credit Summit Features Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon Panel:

Of the many offerings at this year’s AFSA conference, one was especially close to the team at Mischler Financial Group.  On Wednesday, May 29th, AFSA featured a showcase luncheon panel on “Diversity and Inclusion.”  It was a comprehensive discussion that explored the impact of diversity in problem solving and innovation; how to leverage its benefits in creating new financial products and a review of the details of recent diversity bond issuance and trends.  This year’s Summit Chairman was Steve Howard, Global Head of Capital Markets & Derivatives, Toyota Financial Services who did a wonderful job while serving our industry well in his role.  The panel was moderated by Suni Harford, Managing Director Regional Head of Markets, North America at Citigroup Inc.  In 2012, Ms. Harford ranked 16th among the most powerful women in banking by American Banker Magazine.  Featured panelists were Zeeshan Naqvi, Director of Global Long-Term Funding, GE Corporate Treasury; Kaishi Riaz, Global Capital Markets, BlackRock, Dean Chamberlain, Principal and CEO, Mischler Financial Group, Inc., Chris Williams, Chairman and CEO, The Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Alexandra Lebenthal, Lresident and CEO, Lebenthal & Company. 

Suffice to say this was the single highest attended panel at the conference and represented a lot of hard work across on behalf of all the participating organization to break thru the “glass ceiling” of diversity.  There is more work to do and we never get “there” wherever “there” is, but the cumulative efforts of these participants and their respective Company’s have never and will never give up in providing value-added propositions and a shared ethos motivated and driven by meritocracy.  Minority boutique banks are NOT “check-the-box” mandates.  The competitive nature of our financial services industry has motivated meaningful boutique investment bank and full service broker-dealer build-outs in pursuit of “sustainable” platforms.  Sustainability means a value-added proposition and vice versa.  Not to get corny or anything but if I could express it another way, the minority space has broken out much like that glass “Wonkavator” did in the final scene of the 1971 version of Wille Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  If you don’t get it, place the DVD in a tray and watch from the last few minutes of the film beginning in Willy Wonka’s office in which everything is cut in half until the final credits. (more…)

In Honor of Vets on Memorial Day: Mischler Maps To Fisher House
May 2013      Company News, Giving Back, News and Information   

To Honor Vets on Veterans Day,  Mischler Financial Pledges 10% of Month’s Profits To Fisher House Foundation

For Immediate Release

May 6, Stamford, CT—Mischler Financial Group, the financial industry’s leading boutique investment bank and securities brokerage owned and operated by service-disabled veterans, today announced that in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, the firm will contribute 10% of its May profits to Fisher House, the private-public partnership that provides temporary housing facilities at no cost for visiting family members of disabled veterans who are hospitalized for treatment in local VA medical centers.

Dean Chamberlain, CEO of Mischler Financial Group stated, “In connection with our year-round commitment to various programs that help service-disabled veterans, we’re honored to play a supporting role to Fisher House. This is a critically-important organization that enables veteran family members to provide crucial, onsite care and support for their injured loved ones while they undergo extended medical treatment at venues far from their homes.”

Noted Fisher House CFO David Fox, a U.S. Naval Academy alumni and former senior partner of financial industry consultant Greenwich Associates, “Having the financial support of a firm such as Mischler Financial not only adds wind to our sails, but when considering the legacy of the firm, their recognition speaks volumes to the importance of the Fisher House mission.”

fisherhouse logoAbout Fisher House

Originated in 1990, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher House program now operates 60 venues throughout the country and serves more than 19,000 families; it has made available over 4 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fisher House also administers and sponsors Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsors the Newman’s Own Award.

About Mishler Financial Group, Inc.

Established in 1994 and headquartered in Newport Beach, California with regional offices in Stamford, CT, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and Red Bank, NJ, Mischler Financial Group is a certified minority broker-dealer and Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (SDVBE) providing capital markets services, agency-only execution within the global equities and fixed income markets, and asset management for liquid and alternative investment strategies. The firm’s clients include leading corporate treasurers, public plan sponsors, endowments and foundations. The firm’s website is located at http://mischlerfinancial.com

For Additional Information:

Dean Chamberlain, CEO

dchamberlain@mischlerfinancial.com

Media Inquiries:

Jay Berkman / JLC Group

Tel: 203.255.0034

 

Mischler Financial Group Announces Dean Chamberlain Elevated to CEO; Securities Industry’s Oldest Minority SDVBE Taps Top Wall Street Veteran
January 2013      Company News, News and Information   

For Immediate Release

Newport Beach, CA, January 15–Mischler Financial Group (“MFG”), the securities industry’s oldest minority firm certified as a Service-Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (SDVBE), announced today that Dean Chamberlain, who joined the firm as a principal in early 2011, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, a role previously held by firm founder and Chairman Walter Mischler.  A West Point graduate who served 6 years as an Officer in the U.S. Army before commencing his now 21-year career on Wall Street, Mr. Chamberlain was most recently the Head of Fixed Income/Americas for Nomura Securities International.  He previously held executive roles at Bank of America and JPMorgan.

Commenting on the executive transition, founder Walt Mischler stated, “When considering his background, Dean is indisputably the most qualified and most capable person to guide our firm for the next generation. After sustaining injuries while serving as an Officer in our armed forces, he re-purposed himself and became a leader within the financial service industry. Dean’s ability to guide an aspiring Tier 1 institutional brokerage is evidenced by his long-standing track record, including the heightened recognition we’ve gained from Fortune 500 issuers, leading institutional investors and top Wall Street firms since Dean and his team first joined MFG.”

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CEO Dean Chamberlain

Newly-appointed CEO Dean Chamberlain stated, “This is a unique opportunity, both personally and professionally; it allows me to contribute 2 decades of Wall Street leadership experience to expand a platform that truly meets the diversity goals of issuers and investment managers who require the capabilities typical to traditional ‘bulge bracket’ firms. The special dividend is my being able to help extend the firm’s formidable legacy and support of vital causes that empower disabled armed service veterans and their families.”

About Mischler Financial Group

Established in 1994, and headquartered in Newport Beach, California with regional offices in Stamford, CT, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI,  Mischler Financial Group is  the oldest FINRA member firm certified as a Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (SDVBE). The firm serves leading institutional investment managers, corporate treasurers, public plan sponsors, endowments and foundations by providing capital markets services, agency-only execution within the global equities and fixed income markets  and asset management for liquid and alternative investment strategies.

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