Rick Patel joined Needham & Company in 2017, where he covers the specialty retail and global brand sectors. He was previously at CLSA Americas, where he covered specialty retail, apparel, luxury, and activewear. Prior to this, he was a senior research analyst at Stephens covering the specialty retail/softlines sector. From 2007 to 2013, Rick was a senior analyst for small/mid-cap retail at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, Rick was a healthcare analyst at Lehman Brothers, first as an associate on the major pharmaceuticals team and then as a senior analyst covering life science tools and diagnostics. Rick holds an MBA from NYU-Stern, and a B.S. in Finance, B.A. in Economics, and B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University.