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  • In 1979, David Bradley founded the company with five employees in Washington, D.C., as the Research Counsel of Washington. The initial mission was to answer "any question for any company for any industry." Across more than 35 years, The Advisory Board Company has grown into a global firm employing more than 3,800 people in offices on three continents. While our inherent values haven't changed, the Advisory Board's impact on health care and education has grown exponentially.
  • We use a combination of research, technology, and consulting to improve the performance of health care organizations and educational institutions around the world. We start with best practices, then customize and hardwire them across our members' most critical functions.
  • The Company is currently categorized in the Management Services industry sector. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a system for classifying industries. Our primary SIC code is 8741.
  • The Advisory Board Company completed its Initial Public Officering (IPO) of common stock on November 13, 2001. Our stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market under the ticker symbol ABCO.
  • The Advisory Board Company's fiscal year ends on December 31.
  • Financial statements are available primarily in the SEC Filings section of The Advisory Board Company's Investor Relations web site pages at Financial statements are also available through the Securities and Exchange Commission web site at
  • As a company that trades publicly on the NASDAQ, shares can be bought and sold through a financial advisor at any investment firm.
  • The Advisory Board Company does not currently pay a dividend.
  • Share transfer questions and address updates should be directed to The Advisory Board Company's transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, who can be reached by mail or phone:

    Mailing Address:
    6201 15th Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11219

    Shareholder Services:
    (800) 937-5449
    (718) 921-8124
  • A transfer agent and registrar keep records of every outstanding stock certificate and the name of the person to whom it is registered. When stock changes hands, the transfer agent transfers the ownership of the stock from the seller's name to the buyer's name. The registrar reconciles all transfer records and makes sure the number of shares sold is equal to the number of shares purchased. The transfer agent does not maintain records of shares bought and sold through brokerage accounts. Those records are maintained by the specific brokerages through which the shares are bought and sold.
  • Additional information is available on The Advisory Board Company's investor relations home page. You may also contact our Investor Relations department by email at
  • Please submit your question using the information request form.