Roth Capital Partners, a full service investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors, has hired Brian Wright to the firm as managing director and senior research analyst, where he will be covering companies in the agtech and overall agribusiness emerging growth industries.

Prior to joining Roth, Wright held analyst positions at Bear Stearns, Jefferies, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citadel.

“Brian has developed a niche within the AgTech sector, not only with issuers, but also with fundamental institutional investors who are invested in the space,” stated Byron Roth, CEO of Roth Capital Partners. “We are excited to have him join our team. We continue to take advantage of opportunities for expansion by adding professionals in sectors which we believe are aligned with our emerging growth focus.”

“The accelerating pace of innovation in agriculture will meet the needs of our planet in a more sustainable manner resulting in a growing asset class for investors,” added Wright. “Innovation around genetics, plant nutrition, controlled environment agriculture, water management, automation, pest control, supply chain transparency, soil management, artificial intelligence, and carbon sequestration are all contributing to precision, sustainable agriculture that meets the changing tastes & preferences of the consumer. The tech and sustainability teams at Roth have a long history and deep relationships in the AgTech sector. I look forward to enhancing and broadening these team’s research coverage.”