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Mike Niehuser

Mike Niehuser is the founder of Beacon Rock Research, LLC., SLB Equity Research, LLC., and The Colonel John Boyd Memorial Scholarship, Inc. Formerly, Mike was a Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst with the Robins Group, LLC, a registered broker dealer. Mike was employed by U.S. Bank for 18 years as a lender with expertise in all areas of real estate lending and valuation. He graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in 1998 and successfully transitioned into investment research to become the RedChip Review's bank analyst from 2000 to 2003. Mike has written hundreds of research reports and related articles on investing in small cap companies. He is a generalist with expertise in recognizing value in under-followed companies in a wide variety of sectors.

Mike joined the faculty of the Pacific Coast Banking School in 2005, following his participation as an Alumni Associate Director and Grader. Mike also served as an elected school board member, serving ten years in Oregon’s fourth largest school district. Mike considers himself to be an example of the life-long learner, graduating from the University of Oregon with a BS in Finance and is currently preparing for the 2006 Level III CFA exam. He currently holds NASD Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 licenses.

Beacon Rock Research Advisory Committee

 David E. Archibald, CFA joined Reed Global Advisors, LLC in April 2005 as the Director of Research. Mr. Archibald previously served as a Director and Senior Vice President of Crown Point Group Ltd. and as Principal and Director of Research of its subsidiary broker/dealer, The Robins Group LLC. Mr. Archibald joined Crown Point Group in November of 2002 after serving as Managing Director of Research and VP of the RedChip Review. He also was responsible for day-to-day operations of RedChip companies in his capacity as General Manager and oversaw all compliance protocols. In addition he served as Branch Manager of the Portland office for Digital Offering, a broker-dealer subsidiary of Red Chip Companies, LLC. Prior to joining the RedChip Review, Mr. Archibald was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President for US Trust Company, N.A. where he managed both taxable and not-taxable equity and fixed income portfolios for ERISA, high net worth and charitable clients. Mr. Archibald previously was employed as a Bond Manager and Equity Analyst for The Crabbe-Huson Company, Trust Investment Manager for WestOne Bank, Trust Investment Officer and Equity Analyst for Oregon Bank and as an economic consultant for A. B. Laffer Associates. Mr. Archibald graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. He currently holds NASD Series 7, 24, 63, 86 and 87.


William H. (Buzz) O’Brien has spent more than 25 years in the investment banking industry in a variety of different roles. His focus has been on small and micro cap public and private companies. Buzz followed his early years at IBM with stints at Blyth, Eastman Dillon, Paine Webber (UBS), Kidder Peabody and Smith Barney. His industry focus has been on natural resource companies and firms in the financial services industry. He has spent more than twenty years assisting companies in the public and private marketplace raise capital and rationalize their strategic focus. He has co-founded and assisted with the start and up and funding of several investment banking and research firms as well as companies in biotechnology, software IT, consumer products and film. Some of these would include Twenty First Century Communications, Novactyl Inc., The Robins Group and Beacon Rock Research. He assisted with the organization, funding, and strategic planning for Clickgarden Inc. and acted as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. O’Brien graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelors degree in Economics. He completed his graduate work at John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, with additional study in international economics at Harvard University, Oxford University, the University of Missouri and St Louis University.

Beacon Rock Research, LLC

We are a one-of-a-kind independent investment research firm named after the largest monolith in the western hemisphere and immortalized by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. We are devoted to the qualities associated with it: Steadfastness, adventure, and community.

Beacon Rock Research is committed to producing work that will withstand the torrential flows of contrary and fickle opinions and beliefs that all too often are incorrect. Likewise, cramped conventional wisdom often spoils natural curiosity and optimism, the attributes fundamental to learning, understanding and making the intuitive connections that help us perceive what might be around the next bend. The combination of these seemingly contradictory elements of steadfastness and adventure produce an environment of community. The investment philosophy of this community is not focused so much on specific industries as being client-centered.

Our research and website are designed to emulate these qualities, by focusing on the sole reason of research which is to educate investors. We utilize a Mediasite recorder whenever possible to help companies explain their opportunities first-hand without the filter of analysts, brokers, and the investment media. We produce research opinions in common and accessible language to reach a wider audience and impart actionable insight in a more profound way. When you visit Beacon Rock Research our goal is to help you attain an uncommonly better understanding of opportunities and risks, enhancing the possibility of timely and informed investment decisions.

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