Ric Prentiss is the head of telecommunication services equity research at Raymond James. Prior to becoming a Wall Street analyst in 1996, he spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry working for BellSouth and Southern Bell in engineering, corporate finance, financial management, international business planning and operations, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. Mr. Prentiss’ experience includes cellular, personal communication services (PCS), paging, wireline telephony, satellite communications, cable television, and an expatriate assignment in Germany. He has earned a number of professional accolades as an analyst, including being named a runner‐up twice in the wireless services category in the annual Institutional Investor survey. He has been the top‐ranked analyst in both the mobile telecommunications and telecommunications equipment sectors in The Wall Street Journal Best on the Street survey, and was also recognized as the top stock‐picker in his sector several times in the StarMine Top Analyst survey. Mr. Prentiss has twice been recognized in the Forbes Blue Chip analyst survey. He earned his B.S.E.E. from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of Miami.