First Midwest Securities Inc. in Bloomington, Ill., has hired J. Eric Hagler as president.

Hagler, who was general counsel and an equity partner for Crowell, Weedon & Co. of Los Angeles, will be based in the First Midwest's Newport Beach, Calif., office.

Terry Buffalo, the company's chief executive officer, said in a press release Monday that Hagler will focus on expanding its investment adviser platform, FMSI Advisers.

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