Edward Wedbush is the Founder of Wedbush Securities. From first year revenues of $659, Wedbush has grown to become the largest, full-service financial services and investment banking firm headquartered in the western USA serving clients through its 100 registered offices nationwide.
In addition to his tenure at Wedbush Securities, Ed served as a Founding Board Member of the Fink Center for Finance and Investments at the University of California, Los Angeles; and a trustee emeritus of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. He also served as Chairman of the Board of The Pacific Stock Exchange (1976-1978); Director of the National Securities Clearing Corporation (1979-1982); Board Member of the Great American Bank (1987-1992); Chairman of the NYSE Regional Firms Advisory Committee (1987-1988); and Member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (formerly Securities Industry Association), Regional Firms Committee (1985-1995), as well as its Board of Directors (1988-1990).
Ed was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Cincinnati (2010) as well as the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Greater Los Angeles (2006). He was honored as one of the University of California, Los Angeles’ “100 Inspirational Alumni” (2011) and one the “Most Admired CEOs” by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2010).
Ed held a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from the University of Cincinnati. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ed raised his family in Southern California with his wife Jean. Mr. Wedbush passed away on January 5th, 2020 surrounded by his family.
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