Equity Research Services

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Company History

John A. (Buddy) Howard, CFA, founded Equity Research Services, Inc. in September 1989. Mr. Howard started Equity Research Services, Inc. with the belief that there are many strong, viable, publicly-traded firms that, due to size and/or liquidity limitations, have insufficient or inconsistent sponsorship from brokerage firms. With ongoing contracts with more than 20 publicly traded organizations, he has

  • Composed and contributed to "Investor Relation Reports," annual reports, quarterly reports, press releases, and management presentations
  • Provided advisory services in mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisted clients in establishing brokerage and corporate finance relationships
  • Provided numerous valuations for both closely-held and publicly-traded firms, for purposes of ESOP valuations, estate and gift tax purposes, and fairness opinions.

Before founding Equity Research Services, he worked as an analyst at Carolina Securities Corporation, a leading regional brokerage firm, and Thomson McKinnon, the tenth largest brokerage firm prior to its acquisition by Prudential Bache. He also worked for several years providing investor relations, acquisition, and valuation services for The Liberty Corporation.

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