Bryan leads the advisory and dually-registered transition process, drives strategy for inorganic growth opportunities for Merchant partner firms and manages key custodial and institutional partner relationships. Prior to Merchant, Bryan was a Partner at Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (“PKS”), where he helped grow PKS into one of the largest Independent Broker-Dealers in the country. Bryan joined PKS in February 2006 from Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., in New York City, where he served in the firm’s Leveraged Finance Group, specializing in leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and other opportunistic refinancings.
Prior to Bear Stearns, Bryan worked in the investment banking group at Josephthal & Co. Mr. Staff began his career in the commercial banking group at Brown Brothers Harriman. Bryan holds an MBA from The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.