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Wheat First endows speaker series,

first lecture set for September 23

By Sookhan Ho

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 04 - September 18, 1997

Wheat First Butcher Singer Inc. has given $100,000 to endow a distinguished speakers series, named after the company, in the Pamplin College of Business. Wheat First Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marshall B. Wishnack will launch the series with a lecture, "The Changing Nature of the Securities Industry," on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

"We greatly appreciate the generous support of Wheat First and are honored that its chairman will be providing the inaugural lecture," said Pamplin College Dean Richard E. Sorensen. "The series is intended to provide a valuable learning experience in business and community leadership for our students and to promote closer ties between business leaders and our students and faculty."

The program will bring two prominent business leaders on campus each semester. It will also provide opportunities for students to plan and organize major events involving highly placed business leaders, Sorensen said.

During his campus visit, Wishnack will have lunch with student leaders, meet members of the student-investor program, SEED, and participate in discussions with MBA students, administrators and finance faculty members.

The talk, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at 1045 Pamplin. The program will include a question-and-answer session and will be followed by a reception. The event was organized by the Executive Planning Committee, a student group in the Pamplin College.

Headquartered in Richmond, Wheat First provides financial advice and services that include securities brokerage, investment banking, and asset-management services to individual and institutional investors. Owned by its employees, the company operates 125 offices nation-wide with client assets of more than $35 billion.