Duncan-Williams, Inc. Adds Two New Financial Professionals to the Equity Markets Capital Division

Jun 01, 2010, 15:12 ET from Duncan-Williams, Inc.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Duncan-Williams, Inc. (DWI) announced the addition of two financial professionals to its Equity Capital Markets Division.

Joining Duncan-Williams' Memphis office are Harris L. McCraw and Preston Battle. Harris L. McCraw, III joins Duncan-Williams, Inc.'s Memphis office as a Senior Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales. Mr. McCraw will cover the Southeast part of the United States for Duncan-Williams.

Mr. McCraw is a 30-year veteran in the financial services industry. His experience includes commercial banking, equity capital markets, and asset management. During his career he spent over 17 years in the Equity Capital Markets Group as a Managing Director at Morgan Keegan responsible for equity sales coverage in the Southeastern United States. He was a co-founder of Hickory Capital Management, which managed a long/short equity hedge fund. Mr. McCraw also worked at Wells Fargo Advisors, J C Bradford and Company, and Union Planters National Bank.

"Joining Duncan-Williams marks a pivotal point in my career. To have the opportunity to work for a rapidly growing firm and take part in the growth and development of a new business line at a firm with an excellent reputation really made that decision crystal clear," says Mr. McCraw.

Mr. McCraw is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has a MS degree in Management from the University of Southern California.

Preston Battle joins Duncan-Williams, Inc. as a Senior Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales.

Mr. Battle brings over 30 years of experience in the Equity Capital Markets Industry to Duncan-Williams. Prior to joining Duncan-Williams, Mr. Battle was a Managing Director at Morgan Keegan. He was an original member of the firm's award-winning Focus Committee.

"I came to Duncan-Williams for what I saw as an exceptional opportunity to get in on the ground floor with a great firm and a professional staff to help build an equity presence on the firm's fixed-income foundation is both a challenge and a privilege," says Battle.

Mr. Battle received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College in Williamstown, Maryland.

Mr. McCraw and Mr. Battle will work in the Equity Capital Markets division under the direction of Ben Labry, Executive Managing Director. "I am very pleased to hire two senior institutional salesman that can help us grow our efforts in Equity Capital Markets," says Labry. "Their average experience of over 25 plus years will help us continue to grow and meet our long-term goals."  

In 2008, Duncan-Williams, Inc. launched its 500 @ 50 initiative, a comprehensive growth plan coordinated with the firm's 50th anniversary in 2019 to transform DWI into a leading financial services company with approximately $500 million in annual revenue.

Duncan-Williams, Inc. is a privately owned full service broker dealer headquartered in Memphis, TN. With stockholders equity of over 26 million and over 75 billion (par amount) of bonds sold over the past five years, Duncan-Williams, Inc. is one of the largest "female-owned" investment banking firms in the nation. The Women's Business Enterprise National Council certifies Duncan-Williams, Inc., as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE).  Duncan-Williams, Inc. is a member of FINRA, SIPC and RBDA.

SOURCE Duncan-Williams, Inc.