Founded in 1954, BKF Capital Group, Inc. (OTC: BKFG), is a publicly traded company operating through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, BKF Asset Holdings, Inc, which invests in publicly and privately owned businesses, and Bronson Financial, LLC, pursuing FINRA approval to provide Investment Banking services (consisting of M&A advisory and Capital Raising services) to lower and middle-market companies.
BKF's Current Holdings
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Management Team & Board of Directors
Steven N. Bronson, Chairman, President & CEO / Board Member
Mr. Steven N. Bronson has over 36 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. His successful background in investment banking and principal investing has led to him taking executive positions in several companies. Mr. Bronson has held the position of Chairman, President, and CEO of BKF Capital Group, Inc. (OTC: BKFG) since October 2008. Founded in 1954, BKF Capital Group is a publicly traded company operating through its wholly owned subsidiaries.
In July 2013, Mr. Bronson assumed the positions of President and CEO of Qualstar Corporation (OTC: QBAK), a high quality tape library manufacturer and data storage solutions provider, and its subsidiary N2Power, a manufacturer of high efficiency power supplies for diverse electronics industries. He immediately initiated a turnaround strategy, implementing cost cutting measures and aggressive sales efforts that are fundamental steps towards profitability.
Mr. Bronson became the CEO and Chairman of Interlink Electronics, Inc. (OTC: LINK) in July of 2010. In March of 2011, he also took on the role of President, bringing both his operational and financial expertise to the company. Since successfully turning around Interlink's business to profitability, Mr. Bronson has focused on strategic matters, mission-critical decisions, and the identification of potential acquisitions and business partnership opportunities. From 1996 until November 2014, Mr. Bronson founded Bronson & Co and served as CEO and Chairman. Bronson & Co., LLC is an investment banking firm that assists private, public, emerging growth, and middle market companies with raising capital, advisory services, and mergers and acquisitions.
In addition, Mr. Bronson sat on the board of Mikron Infrared Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIKR) from September 1996 to July 2000. During a restructuring period from August 1998 to May 1999, he served as Mikron's Chairman and CEO. Mr. Bronson led the effort of recruiting a top-notch management team, eventually increasing the company's revenue by 500 percent. The company was sold in April 2007 to LumaSense Technologies, Inc., an Advanced Energy company (NASDAQ: AEIS).
Mr. Bronson currently holds the SIE, Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 55, 63, and 79 licenses.
Mr. Bronson is also the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Ridgefield Acquisition Corp. (OTC: RDGA) since 1996. Ridgefield Acquisition Corp. is a public shell that is seeking a merger, acquisition, or business combination with a viable operating entity.
Leonard A. Hagan, Secretary / Board Member
Leonard A. Hagan has been a partner of Hagan & Burns CPAs, PC, since its inception in January 1993. Prior to forming Hagan & Burns, he conducted business for three years as a sole practitioner, Leonard A. Hagan CPA, as well as a partner for three years with Bernstein, Bernstein & Hagan CPAs. His securities industry experience came from working for three years at Credit Suisse (now Credit Suisse First Boston), where he was an Assistant Treasurer, responsible for conducting basic accounting research. Prior to this, he was a staff supervisor at Ernst & Whinney/S.D. Leidesdorf for six years. He has extensive audit, accounting, and tax experience. He has worked with individuals and companies in various industries.
Mr. Hagan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Ithaca College in 1974 and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University in 1976.
Mr. Hagan holds a Series 27 license and is registered as the Financial and Operations Principal for Livingston Securities, LLC, and Core Financial, LLC—both broker-dealers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Hagan is also a director of Qualstar Corporation (OTC: QBAK) and Ridgefield Acquisition Corp (OTC: RDGA).
Ryan J. Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer
Ryan J. Hoffman brings a wealth of skills and expertise to BKF Capital. He comes with more than two decades of auditing and professional experience from two top global accounting firms. As CFO, he is a key member of the company’s executive team, managing financial strategy, overseeing all financial functions, corporate development, and acquisitions. As the company continues to expand, his familiarity with managing multinational projects will be vital as BKF Capital continues to grow.
Before coming to BKF, Ryan spent 16 years at the accounting firm RSM and was a partner at the company for his last five years. There, he successfully led audits of global companies in industries that include technology, consumer products, and manufacturing. While there, he cultivated a specialization in software and multiple-element revenue recognition accounting and auditing. Prior to that, he worked for the Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Mr. Hoffman graduated with a degree in accounting from Chapman University and is a licensed CPA.