Suzanne Shank, president and chief executive officer of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC, has received the National Association of Securities Professionals Maynard H. Jackson award.

The NASP, a non-profit organization that advocates for women and people of color in the financial services industry, gives the award each year to the financial service professional who best exemplifies entrepreneurial achievement, community service, and high moral standards.

Shank received the award at NASP’s Annual Pension and Financial Services Conference on June 26 in New York City.

“Once Suzanne hit Wall Street she was determined to succeed and to do it in the right way, exemplifying the traits held by Maynard Jackson,” said Orim Graves, executive director of the National Association of Securities Professionals. “In a world where the term role model is thrown around frivolously, Suzanne is the very definition of the word, a guidepost to all who strive for excellence, professionalism and success.”

Maynard Jackson was the first African American mayor of Atlanta, from 1974 to 1982, and then from 1990 to 1994. He later served as chief executive officer of Jackson Securities.

Shank co-founded the municipal finance firm, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co, with Muriel Siebert and Napoleon Brandford in 1996. Since then, the firm has underwritten more than $1 trillion in public financing transactions.

In 2012, the firm ranked at number 12 among senior managers, working on 36 municipal bond deals, worth $4.7 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

“I was always in awe of Maynard Jackson and his accomplishments as mayor,” Shank said. “His inspiration lives on and it is because of Jackson’s leadership and tenacity to uplift minority businesses that SBSCO even exists.”

Earlier this year, Shank was named to “The Grio’s 100” list for 2013, which identifies what the publication believes to be the next generation of African-American leaders making a difference in the lives of all Americans.

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