ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2013) - Stifel Financial Corp. (
"We are very pleased that Paul will be joining our Consumer & Retail Equity Research Group," stated Hugh Warns, Director of Research at Stifel. "Paul is an outstanding, proven analyst and a recognized leader in the restaurant industry. We look forward to adding his talents to the existing nine highly recognized consumer analysts at Stifel."
"Paul brings a great combination of unique research methodologies and practical operational experience to our firm and team," added David Schick, head of the Consumer & Retail Equity Research Group at Stifel.
Mr. Westra will bring over 20 years of experience, including the past eleven with Cowen and Company, where he built a dominant restaurant practice. In addition to his career in equity research, he spent two years as Vice President of Business Development for Food.com, an outsourced information technology company for restaurants. He is also part owner of a New York City restaurant, further adding to his practical industry expertise. Mr. Westra holds an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a B.A. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a CFA charter holder.
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