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September 30, 2000

Surfin' U.S.A.

By Sanford Wexler

Stephen W. O'Neil is senior vice president and head trader at Mitchell Hutchins Asset Manaagement, the mutual fund and financial asset arm of PaineWebber.

He and his wife, Julia, live in the heart of Murray Hill in New York City. They have three children - Tim, 32; Brian, 29; and Denna, 21.

O'Neil is chairman of STA's Affiliate Liason and Institutional Committees, vice chairman of its Trading Issues Committee and a member of its Executive and PAC Advisory Committees. He has been an officer and director of the Security Traders Association of Los Angeles and served as its president in 1990. He is also a director and secretary of the National Organization of Investment Professionals.

For fun and relaxation, O'Neil recently took up golf. Both his wife and three children are expert golfers. "I am not that good at it," he quipped, "but I promised my wife that I would work harder on improving my game."

When O'Neil lived in Los Angeles he was an avid bike rider, body surfer, and swimmer. "That's one thing I miss about California," O'Neil said. "But here in New York I can walk to work and walk home."