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Chairman of Davidson Companies and D.A. Davidson & Co. to speak Oct. 6 at MSU

September 29, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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Ian B. Davidson, chairman of Davidson Companies and D.A. Davidson & Co., will discuss "Standing the test of time: 75 years of D.A. Davidson success" at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Procrastinator Theater on the Montana State University campus. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. The lecture is part of the MSU College of Business' David Orser Executive Speakers Forum.

Davidson Companies offer integrated brokerage, capital market, money management, trust and wealth management services. D.A. Davidson & Co. is a subsidiary of Davidson Companies. Both are based in Montana.

Davidson has been with Davidson Companies for 52 years. He joined the firm as its third employee in 1958, working alongside his father. From 1986-2000, he served as president and chief executive officer of Davidson Companies. He was president of D.A. Davidson & Co. from 1969 to 1983 and served as CEO from 1970-1998.

In October, Davidson and College of Business will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Student Investment Program, created by Ian Davidson at MSU. The program provides teams of students at participating schools with $50,000 each to invest over the year. The school teams get a chance to share in any profits, and Davidson absorbs any losses. Each team makes investment decisions alongside a local D.A. Davidson financial consultant, who acts as a team adviser.

Davidson is a guest presenter at the MSU College of Business' David Orser Executive Speaker's Forum. The forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders.

For more information, contact Audrey Lee at 406-994-7026 or

Audrey Lee, (406) 994-7026 or