WR Hambrecht + Co Team
William R. Hambrecht
Founder, Chairman and CEO
In 1968, Bill co-founded Hambrecht & Quist, an investment banking firm specializing in emerging high-growth technology companies. He founded WR Hambrecht + Co in 1998, introducing OpenIPOŽ as a means to level the playing field for both investors and issuers. Bill has served as a director for numerous private and public companies. He currently serves as a Director for Motorola Inc. and AOL Inc., is on the Board of Trustees for The American University of Beirut and serves on the Advisory Council to The J. David Gladstone Institute. In October, 2006, Bill was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bill graduated from Princeton University.
Prior to joining WRH+Co, Elizabeth was employed by Salon Media Group first as CFO when she joined in 2003 and, in 2005, stepping up to President and CEO. Before joining Salon, Elizabeth was a co-founder and director of Asiacontent.com, a pioneer in Asia's Internet media and advertising industry. Prior to Asiacontent, she helped fund and launch Boom.com, Hong Kong's first electronic brokerage company, where she held the position of CFO from 1997 to 1998. Prior to Boom.com, Elizabeth was an equities analyst covering emerging markets at Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong) and before that at Baring Securities. Elizabeth is also a Trustee of the San Francisco Friends School and of Northern California Public Broadcast (NCPB). She graduated with a B.A. degree from Vassar College and studied Mandarin at the Taipei Language Institute.
Chief Operating Officer
Barrie Graham has over 20 years of experience in commercial banking, having served as President and CEO of Exchange Bank, a $1.7b community bank, and as a Senior Manager at Wells Fargo. During his tenure at Exchange Bank, assets, deposits and profits more than doubled while the Bank earned the highest regulatory rating for 13 of the 14 years. At Wells Fargo, Barrie was the Senior Vice President responsible for Business Development for the Commercial Banking Group. Barrie managed BDOs in 21 Regional Commercial Offices and his group generated over $1b in new commitments annually. Barrie is past- Chairman of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington and a former Board member of the California Bankers Association. Prior to joining WRH+CO, Barrie was President and CEO of hybridCore Homes, a disruptive start-up which incorporates modular factory and site built construction which dramatically reduces the time and cost of building single family homes. Barrie is a Board member of Empire Law School and numerous non profits. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University, an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Harvard and the Pacific Coast Banking School. Barrie is a former Marine Infantry Officer.
Currently a Partner at WRH+Co, Ian's investment banking career has crisscrossed with Bill Hambrecht's several times over the decades. As an early Partner at Hambrecht and Quist, Ian was head of Capital Markets. At WRH+Co, Ian was President shortly after its founding. In between, Ian spent a decade leading Global Technology Banking for Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Ian earned an MBA at Columbia University.