Merriman Curhan Ford Hires Veteran Technology Equity Research Analysts

Jan 07, 2010, 09:35 ET from Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Merriman Curhan Ford Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: MERR) today announced the hiring of two senior equity research analysts to further expand its technology sector.


The new equity research team members are:

  • James McIlree, managing director, brings to Merriman more than 20 years of experience as an equity analyst. During this period, he has covered defense electronics, and telecommunications services and equipment companies for buy and sell-side organizations. McIlree was recently with Collins Stewart and its predecessor firm, C. E. Unterberg, Towbin, where he covered the defense electronics/communications sector and was director of research. He has been recognized multiple times for his stock-picking accuracy in The Wall Street Journal's annual "Best on the Street" survey. McIlree holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. He is a CFA charterholder.
  • Scott Searle, managing director, joins Merriman with more than 17 years of experience covering communications and technology companies. Throughout his equity research career, Searle has specialized in covering small and mid-cap technology companies at S Squared Technology, SG Cowen, Dain Rauscher Wessels and UBS. While at SG Cowen, Searle was named as a fast-rising analyst in investor polls for covering communications equipment, with a specialization in wireless technology. Searle received his B.A. from Bucknell University. He is a CFA charterholder.

McIlree and Searle are both based Merriman's New York office.

"With the addition of James and Scott, we are able to meet the increasing demand by institutional investors for more fast-growing technology and telecommunications names under coverage," said Eric Wold, Merriman's director of equity research. "Their research focus compliments our existing team, which has done a great job staying ahead of the market rebound from the March 2009 lows. I'm optimistic that James and Scott can continue to help us find undiscovered technology companies and differentiate our research in 2010 and beyond."

About Merriman Curhan Ford

Merriman Curhan Ford (Nasdaq: MERR) is a financial services firm focused on fast-growing companies and the institutions that invest in them. The company offers high-quality investment banking, equity research, institutional services and corporate & venture services, and specializes in five growth industry sectors: CleanTech, Consumer, Media & Internet, Health Care, Natural Resources and Technology. For more information, please go to

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