Raymond Pirtle Jr. began an investment career in 1966 at
J.C. Bradford & Company in Nashville. For 21 of the 23
years spent there, he was a registered institutional salesman.
From 1980 until departure in 1989, he served as a general
partner. Primary focus was on portfolio managers and analysts
in the United Kingdom and Europe and to a lesser degree on
accounts in New York, Chicago and the Mid-Atlantic.
From 1989 until 2001, Pirtle was a director of Equitable
Securities (SunTrust Equitable) and co-manager of institutional
sales with account coverage in the same target areas as with
the previous firm. Firm wide revenues grew ten fold during
this twelve-year period.
In 2001 Pirtle, along with five partners, founded Avondale
Partners, a firm dedicated to institutional research, sales
and trading for small market cap companies. The other main
focus of Avondale is investment banking, primarily with small
cap corporations, both private and public.
Since the early 1980s, Pirtle has been actively involved in
serving on the investment policy committees and commitment
committees for each of these firms.
It is estimated that Pirtle has made approximately 150 trips
to the UK and Europe accompanying US management teams in an
effort to provide face-to-face contact with portfolio managers
in these regions. Many more trips than these have been done
in the USA during these 39 years. In addition, there is an
untold number of one on one meetings with management teams
in the offices of those brokerage firms where Pirtle was employed
and at numerous investor conferences. During this period Pirtle
has represented numerous industry sectors such as healthcare,
industrial and financial as well as various levels of corporate
size and maturity.
Since 1985 Pirtle has served at various times on the board
of both public and private companies. Of importance is the
fact that he currently serves on the board of a NYSE company
that has recently completed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act process
and related 404 compliance regulations.
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