HJ Sims expands investment banking group with introduction of public finance education practice


FAIRFIELD, Conn., March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HJ Sims (Sims), a private investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, is pleased to announce the addition of two senior bankers, expanding the practice of financial education public of society. The Sims Public Finance Education Team provides comprehensive capital planning, structure, and execution for charter schools, public and private education systems, and institutions.

Ric Harmon and Rob Nickell join HJ Sims as the company expands its public finance education practice.

Richard (Rich) Harmon joins Sims as Executive Managing Director, Head of Public Finance Education to lead the company group, providing taxable and tax-exempt financing, and seed capital solutions , for educational organizations nationwide. Rich brings over 30 years of investment and commercial banking experience, having first launched his profession at Lancaster Pollard. Throughout his career, Rich has dedicated his work to education and built one of the nation’s leading charter school investment banking practices. He most recently served as Head of Public Finance at BB&T Capital Markets/Truist Securities. Rich received his BS in Mathematics and Economics from Denison University and a JD degree from Capital University Law School. Rich is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Robert (Rob) Nickell joins Sims as Executive Vice President, further developing the public finance education practice. Rob began his career in investment banking as an analyst at Wells Fargo over 20 years ago. Since then, he has been a major driving force in partnering with Rich to develop one of the preeminent charter school practices nationwide. Rob received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University and his MBA from the University of Texas. Based in Dallas, TX, Rob also works actively on the West Coast.

“We are delighted that Rich Harmon and Rob Nickell have joined Sims to grow our education practice. Sims has a long history of working with organizations that are committed to serving those in need and share our core values ​​that are the hallmark of makes Sims. Rich and Rob are passionate about expanding and improving the quality of education, especially for the most vulnerable children, and helping their communities thrive,” said Aaron Rulnick, General Manager , HJ Sims.

Rulnick continued, “Rich and Rob have a long tradition of building great teams, which is in large part due to their outstanding reputation and relationships in the education sector. We look forward to hearing from industry and fundraising expertise that Rich and Rob bring to The Sims and to work closely with them to grow our education practice.”

As one of America’s pioneering financial services companies and well known for its taxable and tax-exempt municipal financings in the senior living industry, this major expansion of Sims’ education practice supports the company’s commitment to enriching the communities, organizations and lives of its customers. . “The entire Sims organization, especially the company’s private management team, looks forward to working with Rich and Rob to expand the charter school bond market. We are deeply committed to serving our customers with dedication, knowledge, passion and integrity,” said William Sims. , Managing Director, HJ Sims.

“With our team of expert underwriters, our strong distribution networks for institutional and private clients, and the addition of two such highly regarded bankers, Sims is well positioned and committed to meeting the needs of our clients in education sector,” said Jeffrey Sands, Principal, HJ Sims. “Our dedicated team of finance professionals plan to partner with our clients in the education sector to deliver the innovative finance solutions that we are so proud to offer to all of our clients. Our greatest pride is in to be a true partner in our clients’ success. We know that Rich and Rob share that sentiment,” said Sands.

Financed Right®: Aaron Rulnick: 301.424.9135 | [email protected]Jeffrey Sands: 203-418-9002 | [email protected].

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a private investment bank and wealth management firm. Based in Fairfield, CT, Sims has investment banking, private wealth management and business locations nationwide. Member FINRA, SIPC. Testimonials may not be representative of another customer’s experience. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, instagram.

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