A public finance veteran, Mr. Brandford has over 25 years of experience in public finance and is a founding partner of Siebert Brandford Shank, an investment banking firm established in 1996. The firm quickly rose to the position number-one-ranked minority-owned investment banking firm in the nation as senior-managing underwriter and now maintains a rank among the top-twenty municipal underwriters nationwide. Mr. Brandford has led large-scale financing projects for state, city, and local governments throughout the country. In Southwestern and West Coast states he has served as project manager on senior- and sole managed-financings totaling over $5.7 billion in par amount during the past 10 years...

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Ms. Shank has served as President and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank, since its inception in October 1996. She is a founder of the firm, co-owner and member of the Board of Directors. Siebert Brandford Shank is the top-ranked minority- and women-owned municipal bond underwriting firm in the country and is the only minority-owned firm nationally ever to have been ranked in the top 10 among all such firms in the country. With offices across the nation, the firm has managed deals for state and local governments across the country totaling over $800 billion. A 25-year veteran of the industry, Ms. Shank has led financings for large-scale infrastructure projects for a variety of issuers across the country. Ms. Shank has structured a variety of types of transactions including transportation projects, redevelopment projects, water and sewer projects, convention centers, sport facilities, schools and correctional facilities.

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Ms. Siebert (1928 - 2013), a founding partner, was involved in the financial services business for over 50 years as analyst, broker, investment banker and regulator. In 1967 she became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She incorporated her firm, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. in 1969. In 1975 she announced that her firm would become one of the first discount brokerage operations, a move vehemently opposed by most of Wall Street. In 1977 she was appointed to the post of New York State Banking Commissioner where she served for five tumultuous years.

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