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Benjamin R. Pappas

Benjamin R. Pappas

Chief Executive Officer

Benjamin Pappas is the Chief Executive Officer of Bates Group in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he uses his strategic planning and finance background to set direction and financial policy while also being an active participant in, and driver of, the company’s overall strategy. Mr. Pappas previously served as Bates' Chief Operating Officer and was appointed President in 2019. Prior to joining Bates Group, Mr. Pappas was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of D.A. Davidson Companies’ Equity Capital Markets business, where he was responsible for the implementation of strategic growth initiatives and the development of an annual financial budgeting and forecasting process. Mr. Pappas has also previously worked as an equity research analyst and strategic planning analyst focused on the technology industry, after beginning his career as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Benjamin is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Bates Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer, April 2023 - present

Bates Group LLC, President, 2019 - 2023

Bates Group LLC, Chief Operating Officer, 2016 - 2019 

D.A. Davidson & Co., SVP & Chief Operating Officer, Equity Capital Markets (ECM), 2010 - 2016

D.A. Davidson & Co., Board of Directors, Advisory Member, 2013 - 2016

D.A. Davidson & Co., Institutional Equity Research, Technology Team 2007 - 2010 

Lattice Semiconductor, Strategic Planning Analyst, 2005 - 2007

Merrill Lynch, Financial Advisor, 2004 - 2005 


University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business

  • Executive MBA; 2014-2016 

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

  • Securities Industry Institute; 2013-2015

Linfield College

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with Triple Major: Economics, Mathematics, Chemistry; 2000-2004 

Professional Memberships and Licenses

Audit Committee – Unitus Community Credit Union

FINRA licenses series: 7, 66, 86, 87, 24