SAN FRANCISCO, 19 March, 2009 – ThinkEquity LLC, the leading growth-economy focused investment bank, is pleased to announce the hire of Colin Rusch to its clean technology team, ahead of the firm’s 3rd annual ThinkGreen conference, to be held next week in San Francisco.

ThinkEquity chief executive, Greg Wright, said: “ThinkEquity is focused on developing its growth economy franchise and clean technology presents significant opportunities for us and our clients. With his focus on solar energy, Colin will add immediate value and further strengthen our offering and I am delighted he is joining ahead of our ThinkGreen conference next week.”

Head of research, Randy Mason, said: “Colin joins us from Broadpoint and his solar expertise will be an excellent addition to our alternative energy coverage. His addition to the team now means we have four professionals dedicated to clean technology, covering a range of sub sectors including wind, water, biofuels, solid state lighting and advanced materials.”

ThinkEquity’s entire clean technology team will be present at the ThinkGreen conference, being held March 24th-March 26th at the Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco.

Colin will be based at ThinkEquity’s New York office.