Ladi Adebonojo
Director, Institutional Sales

Mr. Adebonojo is a securities industry professional with over 20 years of broad cross-functional experience in diverse financial services. He has marketed and sold multiple products and distribution capabilities such as institutional equity research and execution services (including corporate share repurchase), fixed income sales and investment banking syndicate distribution.

Mr. Adebonojo has provided coverage to Institutional Money Managers and Hedge Funds and has facilitated Non-Deal Road shows with senior management of publicly-traded companies. He has also organized and marketed educational/informational conference calls with buy-side counterparties, addressing a wide variety of issues. Mr. Adebobojo has also participated in marketing a concentrated Healthcare-focused Long-Short equity fund to U.S. based institutional investors and, at various times, assumed general supervisory branch office responsibility, as well as Supervisory responsibility for activities related to municipal securities trading.

In the past he has served on the boards of the Elder Hawkins Community Outreach Center and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals.

Mr. Adebonojo holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from St. John's University and several securities licenses including the Series 7, 63, 55, 53 and 24.

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Steven Charest
Managing Director,
Chief Research Strategist

Mr. Charest joined Divine Capital Markets in 2003, along with three colleagues, with a mission to leverage their unique capabilities as an independent research & sales trading group. As the firm's Research Principal, Mr. Charest develops research and investment strategies for institutions and private investors, with a focus on small and mid-cap companies across all industrial sectors. His approach combines fundamental and technical disciplines to identify operating optimums within the business cycle. Mr. Charest's Wall Street career began with Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1991 following several years' sales & marketing experience in consumer and pharmaceutical products. A focus on technically driven equity strategies led to a move to Bear Stearns in 1996, and May Davis Group in 1997, where he began publishing research. Steven is a frequent guest commentator in financial radio, television and print media.Mr. Charest graduated from the University of South Florida in 1986, where he majored in Advertising/Mass Communications and minored in Fine Arts. He holds the Series 7, 63, 65, 24, 86 and 87 securities licenses.

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Barry W. Blank  Director Registered Representative

Barry W. Blank
Registered Representative

Barry W. Blank has a distinguished record in business.  He has been a registered representative and branch manager in the securities industry from 1968 through the present. He managed underwritings for over forty companies, including both private placements and public offerings. Mr. Blank was a director of the following companies: Technical Tape 1976-1978, Argo Petroleum/Fortune Petroleum 1981-1983, Empire Resources 1993-95 (dates approximate), and Montessori Day Schools of Phoenix 1978-1995. He was also an advisor to the Board of Bentley Pharmaceuticals. In addition, he served on the Phoenix Police Department as a police officer from 1968-2005 and retired with honors.  

His education includes: Bachelor's of Science Degree, Fairleigh Dickinson University, June 1962
Master's of Science, Hofstra University June 1963 and Post Graduate work at St. John's University, New York and New York University in 1964.

Mr. Blank holds the Series 1,4,12,15,40 and 63 securities licenses.

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Ginger Duran
Licensed Sales Assistant

Ginger Duran has worked in the securities industry since 1984 when she began as a wire operator in those pre-technologically sophisticated days. Her specialization is client relationship management and back office operations. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing and weaves tales of  angels, demons, shape-shifters and ghosts.

Ms. Duran holds her Series 7, 9, 10 and 63 securities licenses

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David Schiffman
Director, Investment Banking

David started his career at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 1998 and acted as the primary contact for post-trade execution issues among traders, brokers, portfolio administrators, and custodian banks. He left Goldman for JP Morgan where he held several roles including sell-side equity trading support, client relationship manager, NYSE floor clerk, and Special Equity trader. David then joined Lebenthal & Co. in 2010 to focus on equity trading, share repurchase, and debt/equity syndicate. Most recently, David became part of both the Investment Banking effort as well as Corporate Capital Markets team at Divine Capital. David is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Mr. Schiffman holds the FINRA Series 7, 63 & 55 licenses.

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