Andrew Wiederhorn, whose rapid ascent was the talk of the specialty finance sector a few years ago, is proving to be unusually tenacious in tougher times.

The 33-year-old executive was back in his office at the Portland, Ore., headquarters of Wilshire Financial Services Group on Monday. A few days before, armed guards had escorted him the chief executive officer -- from the building on orders from the company's new board of directors.

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