Callon to ring bell at NYSE today

Published 12:21 am Tuesday, April 8, 2008

NATCHEZ — When the bell rings to close the New York Stock Exchange today, a local hand will be the one doing the ringing.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Callon Petroleum Company Fred Callon will ring the closing bell at the end of trading today.

Callon, the company’s senior management team and their spouses were invited to ring the bell to celebrate 10 years of the company being traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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“Obviously, it’s an honor to be asked to ring the closing bell, and we’ll be there with all the guys who have been responsible for the progress we have made in the last few years,” Callon said.

The Callon representatives will tour the floor and meet with trading specialists before the ringing of the bell.

“It’s not really ringing a bell,” Callon said. “There is a button, and there are lots of security measures around it.”

The company’s co-founder, John Callon, rang the bell to open trading in April 1998. John Callon and his brother Sim Callon, Fred Callon’s father, founded the company in 1950.

Callon Petroleum Company is one of four Mississippi-based businesses traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Trading ends at 4 p.m. eastern standard time.