The story of Stock Search International
Micheline Massé and her husband, Joseph Bonneau, first showed interest in "worthless" stock and bond certificates in 1964. Living in Montreal, Quebec, at the time, they decided to use old securities to paper a wall in their living room.
They soon exhausted their own supply and asked friends to contribute their unwanted documents. To their delight, many had interesting names and beautiful vignettes which enhanced their decorative project.
Joseph, a stock broker, and Micheline, a business student, became intrigued by all these certificates and they soon began researching the background of some of the issuing companies. This quickly led to their first "find" - shares inherited by a friend which were still worth $5,000.00!
Further investigations produced additional recoveries, and the family hobby soon became a full time quest. This finally led to the creation of "Stock Market Information Service" in 1969.
The Canadian head office of the company was first relocated to San Diego, California, in 1988, and the name was officially changed to "Stock Search International Inc." (SSI). By 1993, the Research Center had permanently moved to Tucson, Arizona.
After nearly thirty years of investigations and millions of dollars recovered, Micheline announced her retirement in July, 1997. The helm of Stock Search International was taken over by her youngest son, Pierre Bonneau (left), who had been running the research department for the past decade.
As the new CEO, Pierre successfully combined his previous corporate experience and managerial skills with a keen sense of financial history to lead the company into the 21st century. He continues to develop a highly successful website, and is currently implementing the first ever Database of Companies No Longer Listed. Using technological advances, Pierre is maximizing the company's leadership position while expanding the scope of the existing research services.
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