Ronald J. Kruszewski
Ronald J. Kruszewski is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Stifel Financial Corp. and its principal subsidiary, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated. He joined the firm as Chief Executive Officer in 1997 and was named Chairman in 2001.
Mr. Kruszewski is the current Chairman of the American Securities Association (ASA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). In 2019, he was appointed by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board of Directors to serve a sixth consecutive one-year term on the Federal Advisory Council. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Saint Louis University and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Kruszewski serves as Chairman of Downtown Now! and is a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Downtown STL, Inc. and past non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Angelica Corporation. Mr. Kruszewski is a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis and of the St. Louis Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization. In 2018, he won the Horatio Alger Award and was selected for membership in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, which honors individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve success and who have demonstrated commitment to higher education and charitable endeavors.
Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stifel Financial Corp.
Thomas W. Weisel is Co-Chairman of Stifel Financial Corp. Previously Mr. Weisel was Chairman and CEO of Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc., a firm he founded in 1999, and former chairman of Montgomery Securities. Mr. Weisel has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award of National Venture Capital Association in 2006 and the George Steinbrenner Sport Leadership Award of the U.S. Olympic Foundation in 2011.
Mr. Weisel has been on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation Board since 1977 and was the Chairman from 1983 through 1994. He has been Chairman of the USA Cycling Foundation Board since its founding in 2000.
Mr. Weisel currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Previously, he served on the boards of NASDAQ, Stanford Endowment Management Board, Empower America, and Harvard Business School Advisory Board. He is former chairman of Capital Campaign for California School of Arts and Crafts along with former trustee of Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mr. Weisel graduated from Stanford University with distinction and honors in Economics and obtained his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Victor J. Nesi
Director, Institutional Group
Victor J. Nesi joined Stifel in 2009 and was named Co-President of Stifel Financial Corp. in 2014. In addition, he is Director of the firm’s Institutional Group. In his 25-year investment banking career, Mr. Nesi has worked closely with clients on strategic advisory projects totaling in excess of $200 billion, including exclusive sales, cross-industry mergers, restructurings, and domestic and cross-border acquisitions. On the financing side, Mr. Nesi has advised clients on investment-grade and non-investment-grade debt, as well as on numerous equity and equity-linked transactions, including the then largest IPO in U.S. history, the AT&T $10.6 billion letter stock carve-out of AT&T Wireless.
Before joining Stifel, Mr. Nesi was a Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch and Global Head of the Technology, Telecommunications & Media Industries Group within Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. Immediately prior to joining the group in 2007, Mr. Nesi was the Head of Americas Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch with responsibility for the firm's investment banking origination activities for corporate, financial, and sovereign clients in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Before assuming this role in March 2005, Mr. Nesi was head of the Telecom & Media Investment Banking Group, with responsibility for Merrill Lynch's investment banking activities in those sectors.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1996, Mr. Nesi spent seven years as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers Inc. and Goldman Sachs. Prior to becoming an investment banker, he practiced corporate and securities law for four years with the law firm of Shea & Gould.
Mr. Nesi received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1982 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1985. He and his wife, Denise, have six children – Andrew, Jacqueline, Eric, Sarah, Alexandra, and Margaret – and reside in Westport, Connecticut.