CHICAGO, July 17 /EMWNews/ -- Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc. ("Houlihan") has announced the appointment of Joe Lunkes as a Senior Managing Director and Reginald McGaugh as a Managing Director in the Chicago office. Joe Lunkes joins the firm from RSM EquiCo, where he held a Vice President position. He will be tasked with responsibility of the firm's capital markets group. Previously Mr. Lunkes was a Senior Vice President at EVEREN Securities, Inc. (formerly Kemper Securities, Inc.) where he co-founded and managed the firm's Mergers & Acquisition Group. He has held Managing Director and Vice President positions in the investment banking departments of Geneva Capital Markets and Dresner Investment Services. Mr. Lunkes began his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse & Co. He has more than 20 years experience managing numerous buy- and sell-side M&A mandates, public and private debt placements, and equity capital offerings. Reginald McGaugh comes to Houlihan from Seiregrus Capital Group, LLC ("Seiregrus"), where he specialized in the development and project management of specialty hospitals. Prior to Seiregrus he was the Director of Business Development for Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Mr. McGaugh was also a Senior Financial Analyst for MidAmerican Energy Holdings. Mr. McGaugh has vast experience in healthcare, as well as in the energy, telecommunications, and transportation sectors. Houlihan Smith is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth in its capital markets group despite the current economic conditions, according to Andrew Smith, founder and president of Houlihan Smith. "We are thrilled to have Joe and Reginald join in the leadership of our firm." Houlihan is an investment banking firm that provides advisory, mergers and acquisition, corporate finance, valuation, fairness and solvency opinion services to public and private companies. Houlihan is a registered broker-dealer and FINRA/SIPC Member. Houlihan understands the time sensitivity of corporate finance and is able to respond quickly and tenaciously to opportunities. The Houlihan approach creates corporate finance transactions in which both business owners and investors mutually benefit. Houlihan has the knowledge, experience and relationships to match buyers and sellers, as well as to match the appropriate financing and capitalization structure to each unique client situation. The Houlihan name is synonymous with professional financial expertise. The company provides cost-effective fairness and solvency opinions, in addition to valuations for tax and financial reporting, to some of the largest NYSE/NASDAQ companies, as well as small, privately-held businesses.
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