Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc. continues its success as one of the oldest securities firms in the nation. The firm is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). The firm maintains its corporate headquarters in Wheeling, West Virginia, along with affiliated trust company, Security National Trust Company. The companies have branches in Huntington and Vienna, West Virginia; Barnesville, Ohio and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
On August 12, 2003, executives of Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc. were accorded the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) along with Dick Grasso, Chairman and CEO/NYSE, and Catherine Kinney, President and Co-chair/NYSE.
Hazlett, Burt & Watson, Inc. converted to a holding company structure (HB&W Inc.) in order to establish Security National Trust Company, a Federally Chartered Independent Trust Company.
Upon the death of D.A. Burt, Jr., the firm was purchased by George S. Weaver, Jr., Stuart F. Bloch, John C. Watson, and other employees. The firm remains employee-owned to this day.
Hazlett & Burt purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and were early promoters of investing in blue chip stocks.
In 1883, the forerunner of Hazlett Burt & Watson, Inc. opened for business under the name of Hazlett, Wheat & Hayes.
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