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Team
BILL BAKER,
PRESIDENT

Bill Baker is the President and majority shareholder of Benjamin Securities, Inc. which he acquired from our founder, Leo Benjamin. Bill began his career on Wall Street in 1987, and has since worked as a Head Trader for a $600m+ hedge fund and Institutional Sales Trader. Aside from running Benjamin, Bill manages an equity-focused portfolio for his clients. Bill is also a Marine Corps veteran.

MIKE COYNE,
CAPITAL MARKETS

Mike Coyne runs our Capital Markets business, where he is responsible for sourcing public and private new issue investments, M&A advisory, and business development. Mike has worked on domestic, international, and cross-border public listings. Prior to this, Mike started the Capital Markets Division at Ingalls & Snyder, and managed the Equity Syndicate desk at Capital Integration Systems. Mike is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Northeastern University. Mike sits on the boards of AlphaTime Acquisition Corp. and Inception Growth Acquisition Ltd.

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TIM O'CONNOR,
SYNDICATE AND TRADING

Tim O’Connor heads our Syndicate and Trading operations. He has over 25 years of experience in roles that include Wealth Management, Institutional Sales, Trading, and Syndicate. Prior to Benjamin, Tim worked at International Assets Advisors, CK Cooper and Company, East Shore Partners among other firms.

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ALBERTO PONTONIO,
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Alberto joined Benjamin in July 2023 as a Managing Director of our Investment Banking department. He was previously the Head of Capital Markets for Fifth Partners, LLC. Alberto has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry across two continents. Alberto founded and served as the director of several public and private companies, including ROC Energy Acquisition Corp, Galileo Acquisition Corp., and Americas Technology Acquisition Corp. Alberto’s trading span multiple firms across U.S. and Europe. He holds a B.A. in economics from the Catholic University in Milan, Italy.

ALAN VAUGHAN,
INVESTMENT BANKING

Alan has two decades of investment banking experience in M&A advisory services, public and private placements, and valuations of public and private companies. He is also the managing partner and owner of ProspectBlue and Crafted Supply Company. Alan was Sr. Vice President in Capital Markets with CBRE|Richmond, where he focused on acquisition and disposition of investment properties as well as providing capital market solutions for clients. Alan is a graduate of Cornell University, received his JD and MBA from the University of Richmond, and is an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.

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