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  Alan J. Rude, President

Alan Rude has over 30 years of senior level experience in securities sales and trading, corporate finance and entrepreneurial activities. He has held financial management positions at Celanese Corporation and American Home Products. He was a Senior Vice President of PaineWebber Inc., where he sold and traded money market instruments, U. S. Treasury and mortgage-backed securities. Mr. Rude developed the term repurchase agreement product, which is now the basic short-term investment vehicle for money market funds and governmental agencies.

Mr. Rude’s corporate finance activities include developing business plans; sourcing start-up and second stage venture capital investments, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Rude received his BA in economics (with honors) from Cornell University and an MBA in finance from the Harvard Business School. He has been listed in Who’s Who in Finance and has taught finance courses as an adjunct professor in the New York University School of Continuing Education.

Thomas P. Au, Executive Vice President

Thomas Au has over twenty years of experience in securities analysis and portfolio management for both equity and fixed income securities. He has worked for Value Line, Cigna Investment Management, and other organizations. Prior to joining R.W. Wentworth, he was an analyst of the "monoline" municipal bond insurance companies. He is the author of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004).

Mr. Au graduated cum laude, with a B.A. in Economics and History from Yale University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Alyssa R. Drewes, Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications

Alyssa Drewes brings 10 years of experience in corporate branding, marketing strategy and communications, web design and development, to the firm. Ms. Drewes is responsible for R.W. Wentworth & Co., Inc.'s corporate communications program with clients, investors, regulatory bodies, service providers, and firm marketing to new clients.

Ms. Drewes was formerly Creative Director of HR One, Inc., an application service provider (ASP) for corporate human resources departments, and before that, Lead Feature Designer for Fox News Online.

Ms. Drewes is president of Artistic Resources Development, Inc., a corporate communications and web design and development firm. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Graphic Communications and a minor in Business Administration. In addition, she has done extensive post-graduate work at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies having earned a Certificate in Investment Banking from the Department of Finance, Law and Taxation.

Samuel Park, Senior Associate

Sam's Financial and Economics BlogSamuel Park provides analytical support in finance and business development. Mr. Park possesses experiences in corporate finance and asset management, providing financial analysis and market research. His responsibilities include preparing offering memoranda, financial models, and industry research. He joins R.W. Wentworth having previously worked at ING and First Call. Mr. Park received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in International Relations with a focus in Business and Economics. He is currently a CFA Level II candidate.

Michael Rodon, Senior Associate

Michael Rodon is a team leader for all M&A and alternative financing activities at R.W. Wentworth. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rodon worked at Franklin Hamilton, LLC as an associate in mergers and acquisitions on middle-market transactions. His duties included assisting in negotiations, pricing structuring transactions and preparing business and acquisition proposals. Mr. Rodon has prior sales experience in retail securities brokerage, including assisting a company to go public. He has recently gained international experience working in the Middle East on the financing of a major infrastructure project. Mr. Rodon graduated with BBA in finance from Radford University.
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