Houlihan Smith Adds Joe Lunkes and Reginald McGaugh as Managing Directors

2008-07-17 11:15:00

    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.




Contact: Rebecca Carriere 312.499.5903 rcarriere@houlihan.com

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