Neil Gagnon has been managing member of Gagnon Securities LLC (“Gagnon Securities”) and the president of Gagnon Investments, Inc. since 2000. Gagnon Securities is a privately owned NASD-member firm that manages money for individuals and some small endowments as a broker dealer on a fully discretionary basis or through its hedge fund. Both the individual accounts and the hedge fund utilize the same investment objective. A core group of three investment professionals and two administrative personnel split off from Gilder, Gagnon, Howe in 2000 with $100,000,000 under management and formed Gagnon Securities. Today, Gagnon Securities manages nearly $500,000,000 with nine investment professionals, administrative staff of six, two traders and some part time assistants. Previously, Mr. Gagnon was a managing partner at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. from 1974-2000. At Gilder, Gagnon, Howe, Mr. Gagnon ran a smaller investment group and assisted in developing the firm. As an early East Coast partner at Hambrecht and Quist, from 1969-1974 Mr. Gagnon developed a base of institutional investors for the firm’s investment banking products and was responsible for a number of their companies. From 1967-1969, Mr. Gagnon worked at Argus Research. While at Argus Research, Mr. Gagnon was a basic analyst in several industries and rose to develop a special situations research product for the firm. Prior to that, Mr. Gagnon worked in the Investment Department of Mutual Benefit Life from 1964-1967. Mr. Gagnon earned a MBA in Economics from New York University (1969) and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Pratt Institute.