The Principals



A 36-year veteran of the financial services industry, Eric Van Standifer is founder and CEO of Blaylock Van, LLC (BV), one of the nation’s premier minority owned investment banks. BV provides a diversified platform of financial services including global electronic equity and fixed-income sales & trading, quantitative and qualitative research and a capital markets platform that services some of the largest corporations and governments worldwide.

Mr. Standifer originally founded Robert Van Securities, BV’s predecessor, in 1991. Robert Van Securities was highly regarded for its technologically driven trading capabilities and, in 2007, the firm merged with Blaylock & Co., then one of Wall Street’s most successful minority-owned investment banks renowned for its capital markets franchise. The firm is one of Wall Street’s largest minority owned boutique investment banks and one of the most diversified.

BV is currently headquartered in New York City and Oakland, with other offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Columbus and Miami.

Prior to launching BV, Mr. Standifer worked as a broker for Merrill Lynch and Sutro & Co. for over a decade. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a General Securities Principal, Registered Municipal Principal, and a Registered Options Principal.

Mr. Standifer is committed to community service. He supports the efforts of a variety of foundations by not only serving as a board member but also through financial support. In the past, he has served as the President of the National Association of Midnight League, a non-profit organization designed to help youth identify and embrace positive opportunities. He also has a long standing involvement with the CORO Foundation, which trains ethical, diverse civic leaders through his participation as a Program Manager, hosting interns. In his support of the Foundation, he has participated as a Program Manager for the Coro Exploring Leadership Intern Program in which he has hosted interns regularly on a yearly basis. Mr. Standifer’s dedication to service is also reflected in BV’s continued support of its employees with flexible scheduling and financial support as they participate in community projects and youth programs.



Executive Vice President Sales & Trading

Mr. O’Brien has over 24 years of experience in the sales, trading execution, and clearing of domestic equity and taxable fixed income products. Prior to joining Robert Van Securities in 1992, he was an assistant vice president for Sutro & Company and Dean Witter Reynolds, where he worked on BIS (Branch Institutional Sales) teams. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.S. in Social Science/Education.


Executive Vice President – Director of Research

Steven brings over 29 years experience developing fundamental, technical and quantitative models to understand the various factors that affect stock price and equity portfolio performance and is the creator of ELROI Research Analytics.  Prior to joining Robert Van Securities in 1995, he spent over 10 years in the Financial Information Service business with FactSet, IDC and Lotus One Source, selling and supporting services that provide analysis and manipulation of fundamental, expectation and pricing data.  He is a General Securities Principal, Registered Representative, Registered Investment Advisor and Registered Research Analyst (FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65, 86, 87).  He was Portfolio Manager with Woodford Capital Management.  Steven earned a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics from Claremont McKenna College ( formerly Claremont Mens College ).  He is a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society of San Francisco and the Society of Quantitative Analysts.


Executive Vice President – National Sales Manager

Mr. Small has over 20 years of experience in the sales and trading of Fixed Income and Equity Securities for institutions. Over the last several years, he has sold fixed income instruments to institutions at multiple firms, including Tucker Anthony, Oppenheimer & Company and Utendahl Capital. Mr. Small graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Economics and received an MBA in Finance from New York University Business School.