Gary Wunderlich is co-founder and managing partner of Live Oak Merchant Partners. Mr. Wunderlich is focused on investment originations and investor relations.
Prior to co-founding Live Oak, Mr. Wunderlich was the founder and CEO of Wunderlich Securities, Inc., a full-service investment banking and brokerage firm, from 1996 until its successful merger in July 2017 with B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY). Following the merger, Mr. Wunderlich served as a director of RILY from August 2017 to July 2018 and remained CEO of Wunderlich (rebranded B Riley Wealth) until November of 2018. As CEO of Wunderlich, Mr. Wunderlich was involved in all aspects of company growth from a virtual start-up into a full-service investment bank. Firm-wide revenues grew to over $120 million in 2017, reflecting a CAGR of approximately 30% over 23 years. In addition to wealth management and institutional fixed income, Mr. Wunderlich oversaw an investment banking department that was a manager or co-manager of 151 transactions raising over $21.5 billion in proceeds for issuers in the three years prior to its merger with B Riley. Wunderlich Securities, Inc. was ranked as one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Wunderlich currently serves on the boards of the Society of Entrepreneurs, Memphis River Parks Partnership, Memphis in May International Festival, ArtsMemphis and The Campbell Foundation, as well as on the advisory Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He is also a member of YPO Southern 7 Gold Chapter. Mr. Wunderlich received a BA in economics from the University of Virginia in 1992 and an MBA in finance from the University of Memphis in 1995.
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