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MC Business Graduate Among America's Top Financial Advisers

February 26, 2009

Mississippi College graduate Michael E. Dowell, who works at the Smith Barney office in Jackson, is one of the top 1,000 financial advisers in America, says "Barron's" magazine.

Dowell, 58, also is rated No. 1 in Mississippi, according to the well-respected magazine, a must read every week from Wall Street to Main Street. He is director of wealth management - financial adviser at the firm.

"In this era of uncertainty, with trusted advice more valuable than ever, we've compiled our largest list of the nation's best financial advisers, profiling the No. 1 in each of the 50 states," begins the "Barron's" story on its front page on Feb. 9.

A member of Smith Barney for 21 years with more than three decades of service in the industry, Dowell has an excellent business partner at the firm - his wife, Melanie. She is senior vice president for wealth management. Published by Dow Jones & Company since 1921, "Barron's" is considered the nation's premier financial magazine.

The article in the national publication is based on the methodology and criteria of the independent research organization Barron's Winner's Circle.

"These rankings aim to raise standards in the financial services industry by shining a light on the best in the business," said Matt Barthel, associate editor at "Barron's." The idea, he said, "is to give advisers a benchmark of excellence for their profession."

Mississippi College School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo is excited to hear the news spotlighting Dowell's successful career. "We are proud to have Mike Dowell as an alumnus of MC and celebrate the Barron's recognition along with him."

MC alumni, he said, "are among the most accomplished business leaders in the area. We in the MC School of Business family are proud when one of our own is rewarded with such an important distinction."

The magazine screens more than 3,000 financial professionals on an annual basis. Those named to the list focus on adhering to the best practices that govern their business. The magazine measures success and quality service provided to clients.

Dowell received his bachelor's degree in business administration and mathematics at MC in 1972. He is a member of Smith Barney's Pinnacle and Director's Councils. Dowell is also an active member of the local Multiple Sclerosis of Mississippi Board of Directors, the Mississippi College Business Advisory Board and sits on the board of directors for the Mississippi Catholic Foundation.

Smith Barney is a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and a leading provider of financial planning and advisory services to investors, institutions, corporations, governments and foundations. Smith Barney has more than $1.1 trillion in client assets.

In the "Barron's" story, Dowell said, "I do not profess to be all things financial to all people, but I do profess to be a gateway to my team and other professionals."

Photo: Michael Dowell (right) pictured with his wife and business partner Melanie and Dr. Eduardo, dean for MC's School of Business

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