Stephen Kann, Managing Director – He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, buy and sell-side equity research, operations, marketing, consulting and has been a founder, advisor, agent, banker, and investor in dozens of companies over the years. This breadth and depth of experience gives him a uniquely integrated perspective on the issues and challenges — as well as the opportunities — affecting Bridgewater’s investment banking and advisory clients, and the well-coordinated work that needs to be done to address them.
Steve is a recognized expert in microcap stocks. His experience includes more than $300 million in corporate finance transactions in the microcap/small cap space, including private placements, PIPEs reverse mergers, IPOs and M&A. He is a published author and analyst, and was the co-founder and Editor of BullMarket.com’s Bull Market MicroCap Review, a subscription investment newsletter that provided commentary and analysis on under-followed microcap stocks. Its 90% average return on recommendations made it one of the best-performing such newsletters in the country during the time of its publication in 2003-2004. Steve has provided clients with top tier advisory work and some of his joint-venture partners have included America Online, Metrocall (now USA Mobility), Ralph Edwards Productions (creator of classic TV shows Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life), and many others.
Steve began his career as a top-producing retail stockbroker before rising through the ranks on the transactional side of the business, which culminated in Managing Director positions at multiple boutique investment banking firms since 2001, as well as nomination to the Board of Directors of the National Investment Banking Association in 2004. Steve holds a B.A. from George Mason University in Virginia, which he attended on a baseball scholarship.