NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/08/12 -- The West Coast Wall Street Conference will resume at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on October 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The awards banquet will feature the presentations of select public microcap companies from around the country. Veteran investment banker, Chester "Chet" Paulson will be honored with the Gary E. Bryant Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award.
Chester L. F. Paulson is widely regarded as one of the preeminent investment bankers in the small and micro cap sector. He founded Paulson Capital Corp. in 1970 (publicly traded since 1971) and has served as its chairman, president and CEO since that time. Paulson Investment Company, Inc., (a subsidiary of Paulson Capital Corp.; Ticker: PLCC) has served as a manager or lead underwriter for over 170 offerings, raising over $1.25 billion for client companies.
In 1959, Paulson started his career as a securities trader for June S. Jones Company in Portland, Oregon. He served in the United States Army as a member of the Army Security Agency and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. degree in Economics. He furthered his education at the University of Portland where he obtained his Master's degree in Business Administration. Paulson Investments is responsible for deals such as Taser International, Pacific Mercantile Group, S & W Seed, Financial News Network (later acquired by CNBC) and Pre-Paid Legal.
Gary E. Bryant, president of Newport Capital Consultants, for whom the award is honored has said about his longtime colleague: "Bankers these days are looking for the quick fix and they are really missing the point. Chet built his career the right way, slowly and deliberately. K.I.S. -- Keep it simple -- that's his motto. Chet has helped hundreds of companies in American life through the deepest recessions and biggest booms. It's about integrity and Chet's got it."
West Coast Wall Street Conference Executive Director and Founder, Patrick A. Howell said, "While, the Jobs Act was passed with bi-partisan support on April 5, 2012, as a law intended to encourage funding of United States small businesses by easing various securities regulations, and signal a renewed focus of guiding and financing emerging companies, veteran investment banking firm, Paulson Investment Company, Inc. has maintained its commitment throughout funding companies as S&W Seed, Vanguard Energy Corporation and BioCurex Inc. through their initial public offerings and second offerings."
"The Paulson Investment Company, Inc. has succeeded where many of the large banks have failed the investor and small business," Howell added. "This is leadership at its finest. We are honored to share Chester Paulson's accomplishments with the country at this particularly challenging juncture in our history. He is a reminder that as a nation we are, quite simply, great."
A select but diverse group companies from around the country and world will present their opportunity. Publicly-traded and private companies as the Psychic Friends Network, Torchlight Energy, First Solar and Power and Boxxer Gold will present their opportunity before a capacity audience of investors.
The West Coast Wall Street Awards Banquet will be sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP and the MZ Group North America. Media sponsorship will be provided by Equities.com, the Big Biz Show and the California Financial Times.
DISCLAIMER: The WCWSC assists small to mid-sized emerging-growth public and private companies in gaining exposure and creating funding awareness. WCWSC conferences are intended to provide FINRA broker/dealers, investment bankers, investment advisors, analysts, financial managers, fund managers, institutions, media and accredited investors with a forum for networking and communication.
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