SOURCE: ThinkEquity Partners LLC

August 29, 2006 11:00 ET

Steve Bono Joins ThinkEquity Partners LLC as a Principal in ThinkWealth Management

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- ThinkEquity Partners LLC, a research-centric investment bank, announced today that Steve Bono has joined as a Principal in ThinkWealth Management. Mr. Bono will work out of the San Francisco office.

Mr. Bono joins ThinkEquity Partners from the Bank of America Private Bank where he was a Vice President of Market Development. Prior to his tenure at Bank of America Steve spent fifteen years as an NFL quarterback, playing for seven teams, in two Super Bowls and one Pro Bowl. He retired from the NFL in 2000 to join several of his former teammates at HRJ Capital (Harris Barton, Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana), a venture capital fund of funds and hedge fund. Steve was primarily involved with business development, investor relations and the structuring of a fund. He is still active with the San Francisco 49ers as a member of the Alumni Board which provides mentoring to current players, is a liaison to alumni players and actively represents the team in the community. Seth Gersch, ThinkEquity Partners' Chief Operating Officer and Director of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, said, "Having known Steve for many years we are excited to have a person with Steve's integrity, work-ethic and accomplishments as part of the ThinkEquity team."

In announcing the appointment, Stephen Hohenrieder, Director of ThinkWealth Management, said, "Steve's diverse experience provides a tremendous opportunity for us to utilize the resources and infrastructure we have built to continue growing our business." ThinkWealth Management was launched to provide wealthy families and their related entities with an unconflicted advisory service that combines the objectivity of a family office with the depth of resources available in a larger organization. ThinkWealth Management is currently hiring top advisors in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston.

About ThinkEquity Partners LLC

ThinkEquity Partners LLC is a research-centric institutional investment firm focused on the growth economy. ThinkEquity Partners LLC is dedicated to providing focused insight, advisory services, and capital to institutional investors and corporate constituents in the knowledge economy's key growth verticals, including technology, healthcare, media and consumer business services. For more information about ThinkEquity Partners LLC, please visit www.thinkequity.com. Member NASD and SIPC.

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