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Napoleon Brandford, III

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
French Food, Foie Gras
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
French Riviera
Favorite Quote:
Never Pass Up The Opportunity To Keep Your Mouth Shut.

Birthplace

Born:
2/23/1952
Birth Location:
East Chicago, Indiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
French Food, Foie Gras
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
French Riviera
Favorite Quote:
Never Pass Up The Opportunity To Keep Your Mouth Shut.

Birthplace

Born:
2/23/1952
Birth Location:
East Chicago
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Biography

The oldest of three children, Napoleon Brandford III was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on February 23, 1952. After graduating from high school in 1970, Brandford briefly attended the University of Nevada at Reno before moving closer to home, completing his B.A. at Purdue University in 1974. Returning west, Brandford attended the University of Southern California where he earned an M.P.A. in 1978.

After completing his graduate work, Brandford became an assistant finance director in the Dade County Finance Department, where he remained until 1982. That year he joined Shearson Lehman Brothers, Inc., as the vice president of public finance in the San Francisco office. In 1985, Brandford partnered with Calvin Grigsby to form Grigsby Brandford & Co., which became one of the nation's premier investment banking firms. While there, Ebony named Brandford one of its Young Tycoons in 1988. In 1997, Brandford and another partner from Grigsby Brandford & Co., Suzanne Shank, joined with Muriel Siebert to form Siebert Brandford Shank, Inc. Today, it is one of the largest female- and minority-owned investment banking firms in the world, with Brandford serving as chairman.

Brandford holds the distinction of being named the youngest African American partner on Wall Street, and he is active with a number of organizations. He serves on the boards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Finance and Investment Committee, the Western Region of the Boy Scouts of America and the Los Angeles American Heart Association. Brandford is also active in the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and the National Association of Security Professionals. Brandford and his wife, Sharon, live in California.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Napoleon Brandford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Napoleon Brandford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Napoleon Brandford describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his childhood neighborhood in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Napoleon Brandford shares memories from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Napoleon Brandford describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Napoleon Brandford describes his love of baseball as a young boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his family's involvement in the A.M.E. Zion church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Napoleon Brandford describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Napoleon Brandford describes his elementary school years and his teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his childhood interest in American history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Napoleon Brandford describes his childhood community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Napoleon Brandford talks about how Loyola's NCAA Championship in 1963 inspired him to become a basketball player
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the influence of Cazzie Russell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his basketball career at East Chicago Roosevelt High School in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his basketball coach, Hank Zawacki
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Napoleon Brandford describes race relations in East Chicago, Indiana during the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Napoleon Brandford talks about playing sports in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Napoleon Brandford describes winning the 1970 Indiana Boys State Basketball title
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Napoleon Brandford describes being recruited by the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada to play basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Napoleon Brandford talks about a summer job at the Union Carbide Corporation and the steel mill culture of East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his mentors as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Napoleon Brandford talks about playing basketball at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Napoleon Brandford describes his appreciation for the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his studies and political activism at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Napoleon Brandford describes the consequences of his political activism at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Napoleon Brandford explains why he gave up his dream of professional basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Napoleon Brandford talks about how his grandmother inspired his dedication to his studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his law school studies and his political aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Napoleon Brandford describes meeting C. Delores Tucker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the Dade County Managers Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his wife, Sharon Brandford
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Napoleon Brandford talks about working in city government under mentor Bill Erickson in the finance department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Napoleon Brandford talks about lessons he learned in Dade County and his interest in the finance sector
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Napoleon Brandford talks about working at Shearson/American Express
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Napoleon Brandford describes how he learned investment banking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Napoleon Brandford talks about seeking advice from the network of African Americans in California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Napoleon Brandford talks about minority firms in the 1980s including his own, Grigsby Brandford
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Napoleon Brandford talks about Mayor Harold Washington and Albert "Al" Johnson's support of the minority investment banking community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Napoleon Brandford talks about bond deals in the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his business strategy and mayoral supporters of black business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the rise and decline of minority investment banking firms
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the National Association of Securities Professionals and Travers Bell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his firm's growth strategy and the top tier minority firms
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Napoleon Brandford talks about winning a
  • 504 million L.A. Convention Center deal against competitor Goldman Sachs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the municipal bond arena and investing in the infrastructure of his firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Napoleon Brandford reflects upon highlights from his investment banking career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Napoleon Brandford talks about working with municipalities and the growth under Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his partner's indictment and forming a new firm, Siebert Brandford Shank
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the downturn in the African American securities industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Napoleon Brandford describes his passion for public finance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Napoleon Brandford talks about politics in financing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his firm's focus and ranking
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the future of his firm, Siebert Brandford Shank
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the investment banking industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his book, "Hoosiers, Too: The Road Warriors"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the importance of an education for athletes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his role on the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Napoleon Brandford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Napoleon Brandford talks about the importance of African American history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Napoleon Brandford talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Napoleon Brandford talks about his mother and grandfather
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Napoleon Brandford narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Napoleon Brandford narrates his photographs, pt.2