J. Peter Purcell
Mr. Purcell is a founding partner of Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments, and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Under Mr. Purcell’s leadership, PKS has grown into a nationally-recognized independent broker/dealer with a strong commitment to excellence.
Mr. Purcell has long championed the “open-architecture,” or hybrid, model of providing quality product, services and advice to the public. Prior to starting PKS in 1993, Mr. Purcell was a managing partner in an SEC Registered Advisory firm; this provided him a unique perspective in determining the structure and direction of PKS’ business model. Recognizing the need for RIAs to have access to traditional brokerage products and services, Mr. Purcell and his partners developed a visionary and unique model to service the commissionable-brokerage needs of dually-licensed advisors and registered representatives. Mr. Purcell and PKS remain committed to the independent, open-architecture model and will continue to champion that model, which we consider the future of the advisory and brokerage industry.
PURSHE KAPLAN STERLING PARTNERS
J. Peter Purcell
Bryan A. Staff
Mr. Staff is a Partner at PKS. Mr. Staff joined PKS in February 2006 from Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., in New York City, where he was a senior associate in the firm’s Leveraged Finance Group, specializing in advising companies on financings related to leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, opportunistic refinancings, public equity and hybrid security offerings, as well as M&A advisory assignments. Mr. Staff’s financial sponsor clients while at Bear Stearns included The Blackstone Group, MacAndrews and Forbes, Kelso & Co., Leonard Green & Partners, Wellspring Capital Management, Trimaran Capital Partners and Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Staff worked in the investment banking group at Josephthal & Co. Inc., advising companies in the technology, media, and telecom sector. Mr. Staff began his career in the commercial banking group at Brown Brothers Harriman. In his tenure on Wall Street, Mr. Staff has advised clients on over $5 billion of equity and debt financings, and financial advisory assignments. Mr. Staff 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.
Michael T. Staff
Mr. Staff is a founding partner of Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments and Chairman of PKS Holdings LLC, the parent company to all the associated PKS operating companies. Mr. Staff is a certified public accountant who began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co, serving the audit and tax requirements of both public and private companies. Mr. Staff returned to his native Albany, NY to practice public accounting and was the managing director of Staff Ciampino & Company, PC for almost 30 years until his retirement from the firm in 2004. During his career, Mr. Staff developed the proprietary application of technology to his firm’s professional practice and was a pioneer in the development of the multidisciplinary CPA firm practice, including the addition of investment advisory to the firm’s service offerings. Mr. Staff’s central PKS involvement is corporate finance, financial product and platform development, strategic planning, and risk management. Mr. Staff’s career has embraced both understanding the essentials to wealth building and individual entrepreneurship, as well as recognition of the powers of honest relationship building, all of which underscore the leadership PKS exhibits in the independent, open architecture space. In addition to his professional credentials, Mr. Staff holds an MBA from The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, where he graduated with distinction as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business school honorary society.
Mr. Purcell joined PKS in 2003 as General Counsel and Partner after a 25-year distinguished law career in New York State. Prior to joining PKS, Mr. Purcell worked as an assistant counsel for the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, as an assistant county attorney for the County of Albany, and for nineteen years as the State of NY Workers’ Compensation Law Judge. Mr. Purcell graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the State University of NY at Albany in June 1974 and with a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1977.
Mr. Sheehan is a co-founder and Director of Trading at PKS, since the firm's inception in 1993. Mr. Sheehan manages the firm’s trading relationships with our clearing firm, Fidelity Capital Markets, and all outside institutional capital markets desks. Prior to forming PKS, Mr. Sheehan was a managing principal of an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Mr. Sheehan graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Siena College in 1984.