Ed Morris brings a strong combination of experience and academic qualifications to the writing of Wall Streeters. Following his graduation from Wharton in 1970 he began a twenty-five year career in investment banking where he became the youngest partner in the history of Reinholdt & Gardner, was the Executive Vice-President for Investment Banking at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, and was elected President of the Fortune Group, an investment banking boutique. During that period he served on the boards of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ and he witnessed and participated in many of the developments in the financial institutions that he chronicles in his book.
In 2001, Morris became a member of the faculty of Lindenwood University, a well-respected, mid-sized university in the St. Louis region. For several years he served as the dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, a school with approximately forty full-time faculty members and serving over a thousand students. After stepping down from the deanship he returned to full-time teaching and began writing Wall Streeters. His most treasured accomplishment was being voted Professor of the Year by the university’s undergraduates.
Morris’s own academic credentials include a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from St. Louis University.
He and his wife have four grown children and four grandchildren. They live in the Central West End of St. Louis.