I’m Alex Cena specializing in Wealth Management. I’ve worked at some of the largest global investment banks on Wall Street including Lehman Brothers as well as Bear Stearns and Citi as a Managing Director and sell-side equity research analyst. In fact, Institutional Investor Magazine awarded the top spot to me in my sector during 1997 and 1999 after polling investors throughout the United States.
Since first obtaining my securities license in 1989, I’ve gained valuable insights from witnessing numerous market cycles. As a thought leader, I spoke and answered questions from thousands of participants during trade shows and conferences throughout the world. The audience typically are investment banks, institutional sales, traders, clients, market strategists, and corporate executives from companies ranging from startups to the largest multi-national companies.
My experience advising some of the most sophisticated institutional investors around the world on stock selection for their portfolios as well as helping CEOs and CFOs finance their company’s growth prospects through the capital markets provide High Net-Worth Families a different perspective.
From Wall Street to Main Street
I now leverage my Wall Street experience on behalf of Private Clients. Wealth management is very personal where trust and confidence is critical to the decision-making process. I dedicate my institutional experience, intellectual capital and personal service to help families achieve their financial goals using equity and fixed income portfolios as well as private equity and structured products to offer solutions for every client.
Morgan Stanley – Wealth Advisor Dallas, TX
Cairn Ridge Holdings, LLC, Principal – Dallas, TX, 2001 to 2016
Citi/Salomon Smith Barney, Equity Research – New York NY 1998-2001
Managing Director/ Senior Equity Research Analyst / Telecommunications Equipment
- Increased annualized sector commission revenues from $47 million to $96 million in the first year
- Captured new business with corporate clients and startups across the U.S. and Europe
- Improved ranking with internal employees to #2 from #8 of about 200 analysts company-wide
- Ranked #1 in wireless equipment and Ranked #2 in wireline equipment among all Wall Street analysts according to nationwide polls of institutional investors
Analyzed and evaluated financial statements and justified investments in publicly-traded equity securities of telecommunications equipment companies such as Nokia, Qualcomm, Lucent, Motorola, and Ericsson. Presented recommendations to institutional investors. Presented investment recommendations internally to sales, trading and investment banking as well as externally to institutional investors. Negotiated with Senior Executives and Board Members. Developed new business opportunities. Mentored personnel. Host and guest speaker at CDMA World Congress, Citi Technology Conference, Citi CEO Conference and Citi Media and Communications Conference.
Bear Stearns & Company, Equity Research – New York, NY, 1996 to 1998
Managing Director / Senior Equity Research Analyst / Telecommunications Equipment
- Achieved a co-manager position on Lucent Technologies Initial Public Offering (IPO) which was the largest IPO at that time
- Ranked as top Telecommunications Equipment Analyst nationwide among all Wall Street analysts according to nationwide polls of institutional investors
Managed investment recommendations and relationships with major corporations including Nokia, Qualcomm, Lucent, Motorola, Ericsson, and Alcatel. Analyzed client financial statements and determined growth prospects. Presented recommendations to institutional investors. Conducted negotiations with Executives and Board Members of startups and large multi-national corporations. Developed new business opportunities. Mentored personnel. Host and guest speaker at investor conferences and industry trade shows, including the Bear Stearns Technology Conference.
Lehman Brothers, Equity Research Department New York, NY, 1992 to 1996
Vice President/ Senior Equity Research Analyst / Telecommunications Equipment Analyst
- Ranked by the internal sales force as one of the top 10 analysts from a team of more than 150 analysts
- Ranked #2 Telecommunications Equipment analyst nationwide among all Wall Street analysts according to nationwide polls of institutional investors
Managed investment recommendations and relationships with major corporations including Qualcomm, Cisco, Gilat Networks, Lannet Data Systems, Nice Systems, Synoptics, Wellfleet, 3Com and Nortel. Analyzed client financial statements and determined growth prospects. Presented recommendations to institutional investors. Interacted with Executives and Board Members to conduct negotiations. Developed new business opportunities. Mentored personnel. Host and guest speaker at the Lehman Brothers Technology Conference and Lehman Growth Stock Conference.
Dain Bosworth, Vice President / Equity Research Analyst, Minneapolis, MN 1991-1992
W.K. Woodruff & Company, VP/Equity Research Analyst, 1985-1991
Executive MBA Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
BBA, Finance, Loyola University – Chicago, IL
Computer Engineering courses, University of Iowa