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Brad Davidson

Brad Davidson is President of SPARDATA Business Valuation Experts of Elkridge Maryland and a recognized expert in the valuations field. Organizations which have invited Mr. Davidson to lecture include the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the North American Securities Administrators Association, the Department of Labor, the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council, the Federal Reserve, the Michigan Bankers Association, the Virginia Bankers Association and the American Society of Pension Actuaries. SPARDATA has been cited on numerous occasions by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other publications. In 1980, Mr. Davidson began his career in the financial services industry when he became a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, where he was named a “”rookie of the year”” in 1981. In 1984 he joined Prudential-Bache Investments as a vice president, leaving in 1986 to run an investment fund that bought and sold real estate limited partnership interests in the secondary market. In 1990, he became president of SPARDATA, a firm with experience valuing over 27,000 privately-held businesses. The firm’s clients include business owners, the advisors serving them, and government institutions. SPARDATA has been chosen to provide valuation services to the clients of such financial service providers as New York Life, AXA Advisors, National City Bank, MassMutual, PNC Bank, Guardian and Morgan Stanley Trust. Mr. Davidson has had a diverse array of work experiences. His first job after college was working on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to a Texas Congressman. MR. Davidson was bit by the political bug, and in 1979 he enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard. Later, he attended Officer Candidate School, was commissioned an infantry officer, and retired in the late 1980s, having achieved the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserve. Two years later, Mr. Davidson became the youngest person ever elected to the Annapolis City Council. He was reelected without opposition in 1985. In 1987 Governor William Donald Schaefer appointed him Chairman of the State Commission on the Capital City, a position he held until 1996. Today Mr. Davidson serves on the boards of St. John’s College of Annapolis Maryland and Santa Fe New Mexico; the Historic Annapolis Foundation and the J. M. Kaplan Fund in New York City. From 1984 until 2002, Mr. Davidson was a Director of Microsemi Corporation of Santa Ana, California, a publicly-held manufacturer of electronic products, where he served on the audit and compensation committees. He lives in Annapolis Maryland with Lynne, his wife of 25 years. They have two children.

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