Hunter Wise Managing Director Dan McClory Receives Knighthood in New York as the American Delegation of Savoy Orders Announces the 2011 Honors List

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The American Delegation of Savoy Orders announces that Daniel J. McClory, Managing Director, Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC has received a Knighthood in the 2011 Honors list of individuals conferred by His Royal Highness Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, Grand Master of the historic Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy is the son of the late King Umberto II of Italy. The Savoy Orders are ancient orders of knighthood which date back to the Crusades, have traditionally been devoted to charitable works, and recognize individuals for their contributions in public service, medicine, the arts, music, government, business and philanthropy.

Hunter Wise's Dan McClory (left) is congratulated by Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld following the Savoy Orders Knighthood ceremony in New York

The American Delegation of Savoy Orders announces that Daniel J. McClory, Managing Director, Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC has received a Knighthood in the 2011 Honors list of individuals conferred by His Royal Highness Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, Grand Master of the historic Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy is the son of the late King Umberto II of Italy. The Savoy Orders are ancient orders of knighthood which date back to the Crusades, have traditionally been devoted to charitable works, and recognize individuals for their contributions in public service, medicine, the arts, music, government, business and philanthropy.

The morning of Saturday, December 10, 2011, the representative of His Royal Highness presided over the installation and promotion ceremony of knights and dames in the Order of Merit of Savoy (OMS) and the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (OSSML) at the main altar of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City. He conferred honors on 17 knights and dames, including McClory's Knighthood in the OSSML, during the Investiture Mass in the famed Cathedral, in a memorable ceremony continuing a thousand year tradition of humanitarian service and philanthropy to aid the poor and sick (http://www.savoia.org).

McClory is an international investment banker whose corporate finance transactions have spanned the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. He serves as Managing Director of the Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC in Southern California where he leads the Equity Capital Markets Group (http://www.hunterwise.com), the recent winner of "Deal of the Year" in three categories at the 10th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. McClory is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Foundation and a Director of the USA Track & Field Foundation. McClory was named an "Outstanding Young Alumnus" of EMU and "Eastern Man of the Year" and was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree and gave the Commencement Address for graduates. McClory is a member of the Gen Next organization, and active in its Venture Philanthropy and Gen Equity arms.

The elegant Metropolitan Club in New York City provided the sumptuous surroundings for the 14th Ballo di Savoia (Savoy Ball), the annual white-tie charity gala ball, on Saturday evening December 10, 2011. The Ballo benefited the American Foundation of Savoy Orders' charitable and philanthropic initiatives.

The Ballo recreated the traditions and pageantry reminiscent of 19th century European court balls. Following a glittering reception in the main ballroom, dignitaries and guests, with gentlemen resplendent in tail coats and wearing colorful chivalric and military decorations and ladies in flowing ball gowns, descended the long marble staircases to strains of historic Savoy royal anthems and marches popular when Italy was a monarchy under the House of Savoy.

Among the numerous guests were: His Excellency Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations; Mark Pigott, Chairman and CEO of PACCAR; Robert Greifeld, CEO of the NASDAQ-OMX Stock Market, Inc.; and former Congressman Frank Guarini.

The gala also recognized Cindy and Mark Pigott, who established the Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarship Endowment in 2010 for students pursuing careers in the humanities and international studies.

The following day, prior to the Sunday Solemn Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, in a private ceremony, the Prince's representative presented, on behalf of the Grand Master, Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, the highest grade of the Savoy Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, that of Knight Grand Cross, to His Excellency Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Following the presentation ceremony, the Knights and Dames of the Savoy Orders processed with the Archbishop in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and he welcomed the members of the Savoy Orders from the altar during the cathedral ceremonies.

The American Delegation through its charitable arm, the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, contributes to humanitarian, hospitaller and charitable projects and initiatives across North America and abroad, particularly in healthcare and hospice care, disaster relief, education programs and children's causes. Recent contributions have gone to Casita Maria, St. Jude's Research Hospital, the New York Foundling Hospital, the Near East Catholic Welfare Association, the Latin Patriarchate's University of Madaba Scholarships and the establishment of the Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarships in the humanities and international studies.

About The American Delegation of Savoy Orders:
The American Delegation of Savoy Orders, which includes the United States of America and Canada, is a part of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, among the oldest orders of chivalry in the world. The Savoy Orders are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and have 35 Delegations worldwide that support the ongoing charitable works of these ancient Dynastic Orders of Knighthood and Merit. Their origins and their principles, traditions and humanitarian goals date back a thousand years. HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples and Duke of Savoy, is Head of the House of Savoy and Grand Master of the Savoy Orders. His ancestor, King Victor Emmanuel II, united the nation of Italy under his rule between 1861 and 1870 and the Prince's father, King Umberto II was Italy's last reigning sovereign.

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