Bear Wagner

Peter J. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
Prior to becoming Bear Wagner’s CEO, Mr. Murphy headed our Specialist Operation on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and has been a Specialist since 1982. Mr. Murphy joined Bear Wagner Specialists LLC in 1995 coming from Marcus Schloss & Co. where he was a Specialist on the floor of the NYSE. Prior to his tenure at Marcus Schloss & Co. he was a NYSE specialist with Dritz Goldring/Emco Inc.  Mr. Murphy is a former member of the NYSE Board of Executives. He received his Bachelor's degree from Colgate University.

Michael L. Winchell, Chief Operating Officer

From 1985 until joining the firm, Mr. Winchell worked at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., most recently as Senior Managing Director and Head of Risk Management.  Mr. Winchell was also responsible for International Fixed Income Trading and served on Bear Stearns’ Board of Directors, Risk Committee, Credit Committee and Capital Committee.   From 1992 to February 1999, Mr. Winchell also served as President of Bear Specialist, Inc. Mr. Winchell graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received an M. A. in English, and an M. A. in Economics from North Carolina State University.

Donna Sabatini, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Sabatini has served as CFO for Bear Wagner Specialists since 1992.  A CPA with public accounting experience, Ms. Sabatini has worked as an auditor and a regulatory and business advisor to clients, including broker-dealers, investment advisors and hedge funds. She received her B.S. degree from Binghamton University.

John R. Merrell, Managing Director

Mr. Merrell, who brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and expertise in the financial services sector, directs the firm’s business development and client service groups.  Prior to joining Bear Wagner in 2003, Mr. Merrell was President of EnvestnetPMC, a leading provider of managed accounts for financial advisors and independent broker-dealers.   His past experience also includes senior management responsibilities at Robert W. Baird and The Ohio Company as well as active involvement in various committees of the Securities Industry Association.  Mr. Merrell holds a JD from Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, and received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University.