John Hecht joined Jefferies in June 2014, following 10 years as a senior analyst covering consumer finance, specialty finance, fintech, and community/regional banks at Stephens and JMP Securities. Before joining equity research, John served in investment banking, covering the financial services industry at both Merrill Lynch and Montgomery securities from 1992-1997. John has been distinguished multiple times in the Institutional Investors All-American poll, and John has also been ranked for investment recommendations and forecasting accuracy at Thomson Reuters and has received Wall Street Journal awards for stock picking. John received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and received an MBA at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford.