Biographies

  • Kent LedbetterDirector of Investment BankingReal Estate & Lodging

    Kent Ledbetter

    Director of Investment Banking
    Head of Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking

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    Kent Ledbetter is Director of Investment Banking and head of real estate and lodging investment banking at JMP Securities. In addition, he is a member of the executive committee of JMP Group.

    Kent joined JMP Group in 2004 as a Managing Director. From 2007 through 2010, he served as Director of Corporate Finance. Prior to joining JMP, Kent was in the real estate investment banking group at Lehman Brothers, based in London and San Francisco. He was previously a Senior Vice President in real estate investment banking at PaineWebber Incorporated. During his 21-year career, Kent has been involved in more than $20 billion of public debt and equity capital raising transactions and more than $10 billion of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.

    Kent holds a BBA in finance from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Stephen P. OrtizCo-Director of Equity Capital MarketsCapital Markets

    Stephen P. Ortiz

    Co-Director of Equity Capital Markets

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    Steve Ortiz is a Managing Director and is Co-Director of Equity Capital Markets.

    Prior to joining JMP, Steve held equity capital markets roles at Banc of America Securities and its predecessor, Montgomery Securities, from 1991 to 2003, most recently as a Managing Director and U.S. Head of Equity Syndicate and Equity Capital Markets. Beforehand, Steve spent a total of four years at Hambrecht & Quist and Wedbush Morgan.

    Steve holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Chip WadsworthCo-Director of Equity Capital MarketsCapital Markets

    Chip Wadsworth

    Co-Director of Equity Capital Markets

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    Chip Wadsworth is a Managing Director and is Co-Director of Equity Capital Markets.

    Prior to joining JMP Securities, Chip was a Managing Director and head of technology, media and telecommunications equity capital markets at UBS Investment Bank. He previously served in various equity capital markets capacities at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and its successor, Credit Suisse First Boston, concluding his tenure there as a senior calling officer with coverage of technology clients.

    Chip holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a BA from Middlebury College.

  • Geoffrey E. BeardManaging DirectorFinancial Services

    Geoffrey E. Beard

    Managing Director
    Financial Services Investment Banking

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    Geoff Beard is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ financial services investment banking group.  His areas of focus include auto, consumer and commercial finance as well as technology-enabled business services.

    Prior to joining JMP, Geoff had been a co-founder and partner of West Lake Partners, an advisory boutique catering to the financial sponsor community. Geoff previously served as a Vice President and research analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners and in the financial services investment banking group at Montgomery Securities. Before starting his career in investment banking, Geoff held marketing positions at the Walt Disney Company, Sybase, and Foote, Cone & Belding.

    Geoff holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA from Williams College.

  • Peter A. BlackwoodManaging DirectorTechnology

    Peter A. Blackwood

    Managing Director
    Internet & Digital Media Investment Banking

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    Peter Blackwood is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ technology investment banking group with a focus on the Internet and digital media sectors.

    Prior to joining JMP Securities, Peter was a managing director and head of the technology and media investment banking group at Janney Montgomery Scott, where he oversaw the expansion of that firm’s calling effort within the Internet, digital media, software and IT services industries out of the firm’s Philadelphia and San Francisco offices.  He was previously a member of both the Internet and enterprise storage investment banking groups at SoundView Technology Group

    Peter holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Brian C. BockManaging DirectorHealthcare

    Brian C. Bock

    Managing Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    Brian Bock is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ healthcare investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP in 2005, Brian worked as an Associate in healthcare investment banking at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on life sciences clients. He was previously a member of the mergers and acquisitions team at an information technology consulting firm that is now a division of Konica Minolta.

    Brian holds a BA in finance from Northern Arizona University.

  • Jerome J. BrownManaging DirectorHealthcare

    Jerome J. Brown

    Managing Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    J.J. Brown is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ healthcare investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, J.J. was a Director in the healthcare investment banking group at BMO Capital Markets with a focus on the healthcare services sector. Beforehand, he was a Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in the mergers and acquisitions advisory group and an attorney at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he worked in both the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions departments.

    J.J. holds a JD from the New York University School of Law and a BA from Georgetown University.

  • Sean CessnaManaging DirectorHealthcare

    Sean Cessna

    Managing Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    Sean Cessna is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ healthcare investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Sean was a Principal in healthcare investment banking at Piper Jaffray, where he focused on life sciences companies. He was previously a Vice President in the healthcare investment banking group at RBC Capital Markets. Sean has also served in the investment banking group at Lehman Brothers and in the mergers and acquisitions department of the Geneva corporate finance division of Citigroup.

    Sean holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS in finance from the University of Oregon.

  • Bard CookManaging DirectorDebt Advisory Services

    Bard Cook

    Managing Director
    Head of Debt Advisory Services

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    Bard Cook is a Managing Director and head of debt advisory services at JMP Securities.

    Before joining JMP in 2009, Bard was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, where he established its U.S. corporate debt business and held a number of senior positions in the firm’s high yield, private placement and debt capital markets groups. Bard was responsible for more than 175 debt financings at RBC, including 40 transactions as a bookrunner valued at more than $5 billion in total. Prior to joining RBC, Bard was employed by Mellon Bank, where he was responsible for its private placement division and held several positions in corporate banking.

    Bard holds a BA from Yale University.

  • Jonathan P. DeverManaging DirectorFinancial Services

    Jonathan P. Dever

    Managing Director
    Head of Financial Services Investment Banking

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    Jon Dever is a Managing Director and head of the financial services investment banking group at JMP Securities.

    Prior to joining JMP, Jon was a Managing Director in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers, working with finance companies and depositories. Jon previously served as an Executive Director in the financial services group at UBS and spent eight years in investment banking at PaineWebber before its acquisition by UBS in 2000. During his career, he has worked with banks, thrifts and non-bank financial institutions, including mortgage lenders, consumer finance companies, commercial finance companies and specialty lenders such as business development companies and REITs.

    Jon holds a BA from Georgetown University.

  • Joseph FerraManaging DirectorHealthcare

    Joseph Ferra

    Managing Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    Joseph Ferra is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ healthcare investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Joe was a senior investment banker at UBS Investment Bank, where he was one of three calling officers leading the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and specialty pharmaceutical investment banking coverage effort in the Americas. Joe previously worked in healthcare investment banking at Leerink Swann and J.P. Morgan. Earlier, he held sales and engineering roles at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and Thermo Electron Corporation, providing life science tools and diagnostic instruments to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.

    Joe holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University.

  • Margery FischbeinManaging DirectorHealthcare

    Margery Fischbein

    Managing Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    Margery Fischbein is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ healthcare investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Margery was a Managing Director at Beal Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm focused on the life sciences industry, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions and private placements.  She was previously an Executive Vice President and head of mergers and acquisitions at Paramount BioSciences, a biotechnology venture capital firm.  Margery has also served as Vice President of Business Development at publicly traded Human Genome Sciences, Inc. and ImClone Systems Incorporated.  Prior to entering the biotechnology industry, she spent seven years as an investment banker at Citigroup, where she was a Managing Director focused on the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industries.  Earlier, she served as a Managing Director in mergers and acquisitions at Chase Manhattan Bank and as a Senior Vice President in investment banking at Lehman Brothers.  

    Margery received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard University.

  • Iain FranksManaging DirectorConvertible Securities

    Iain Franks

    Managing Director
    Convertible Securities

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    Iain Franks is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ investment banking group with responsibility for the firm’s convertible capital markets origination activities. 

    Prior to joining JMP, Iain was an Executive Director leading the convertible capital markets effort at Oppenheimer & Co.  He previously served as a Director in the equity and equity-linked capital markets group at Piper Jaffray & Co. and in the convertible capital markets group at RBC Capital Markets.  Additionally, Iain has held convertible securities and credit analysis roles at Thomas Weisel Partners and UBS Investment Bank. 

    Iain holds a BA from England’s Nottingham Trent University. 

  • Thomas B. KilianManaging DirectorFinancial Services

    Thomas B. Kilian

    Managing Director
    Financial Services Investment Banking

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    Thomas Kilian is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ financial services investment banking group. From July 2004 until April 2010, he also served as Chief Financial Officer of JMP Group.

    Thomas joined JMP at its inception in 1999. While at JMP, Thomas has worked with non-bank financial institutions in the commercial finance, consumer finance and mortgage sectors and has completed more than 100 capital raising transactions and strategic advisory assignments. Prior to joining JMP, Thomas was at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, now Banc of America Securities, in the financial services group, focusing on corporate finance. From 1992 until 1996, Thomas served in Deutsche Bank’s corporate development group in Frankfurt, Germany, focusing on strategic planning and business development.

    Thomas holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from Karlsruhe University, Germany.

  • Kevin R. McClellandManaging DirectorTechnology

    Kevin R. McClelland

    Managing Director
    Head of Technology Investment Banking

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    Kevin McClelland is a Managing Director and head of technology investment banking at JMP Securities.

    Prior to joining JMP, Kevin was Principal at Broadview International, a technology-focused M&A advisory firm, where he led the firm’s west coast infrastructure software M&A practice and completed more than 30 transactions, including buy-side and sell-side advisory engagements, divestitures, private placements and strategic advisory assignments. Kevin previously worked for Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, designing and implementing custom and off-the-shelf software applications.

    Kevin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a BA from Wheaton College.

  • Gavin SladerManaging DirectorTechnology

    Gavin Slader

    Managing Director
    Technology Investment Banking

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    Gavin Slader is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Gavin was a senior banker in the technology, media and telecommunications investment banking group at UBS Investment Bank, sharing oversight of the west coast technology mergers and acquisitions practice.  Gavin previously held investment banking roles at Credit Suisse First Boston and its predecessor, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, concentrating on technology mergers and acquisitions throughout.  He began his Wall Street career in Deutsche Bank’s leveraged finance group. 

    Gavin holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College, graduating with dual degrees in economics and accounting. 

  • Jorge Solares-ParkhurstManaging DirectorFinancial Services

    Jorge Solares-Parkhurst

    Managing Director
    Financial Services Investment Banking

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     Jorge Solares-Parkhurst is a Managing Director in JMP Securities’ financial services investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Jorge had been a Director in the global financial institutions group at Credit Suisse, where he worked with U.S. specialty lenders and regional banks. He previously served as a Managing Director at FBR Capital Markets and a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Jorge began his career in PaineWebber’s investment banking division, remaining with the firm following its acquisition by UBS and concluding his tenure there as a Director in the financial institutions group for the Americas.

    Jorge holds a BSFS in international economics from The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

  • Daniel StauderManaging DirectorHealthcare

    Daniel Stauder

    Managing Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    Dan Stauder is a Managing Director and is Director of Healthcare Equity Capital Markets.

    Prior to joining JMP, Dan was a founder and managing member of EHS Securities, a boutique healthcare investment bank. Dan previously worked for a total of nine years at Vector Securities and Prudential Vector Healthcare, where he was a Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Specialty Sales. He has also served as a Director in the healthcare investment banking group at Robert W. Baird and as a Vice President in institutional equities at DLJ Securities. Dan has over 25 years of equity capital markets experience, with an exclusive focus on the healthcare industry–in particular, the life sciences sector–for the past 19 years. He has assisted healthcare companies in raising more than $1.5 billion through PIPEs, registered direct offerings and private placements.

    Dan holds an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

  • James F. Wilson, CFAManaging DirectorReal Estate & Lodging

    James F. Wilson, CFA

    Managing Director
    Head of Residential Real Estate Invstment Banking

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    Jim Wilson is a Managing Director and is head of residential real estate investment banking at JMP Securities.  Before joining the firm’s investment banking group, Jim was a senior research analyst covering the housing and real estate industries and served as JMP Securities’ Director of Research from 1999 to 2011. 

    Prior to joining JMP, Jim was a Managing Director and senior research analyst for four years at Jefferies & Company, where he covered REITs, homebuilders, manufactured housing and resort, vacation ownership and property-related service companies. From 1989 through 1996, Jim served as a senior research analyst in the real estate and building group at Montgomery Securities, now Banc of America Securities, completing his tenure there as a Managing Director. He previously worked in equity research at Sutro & Company following companies in the financial services, business services and real estate industries.

    In 2011, Jim was ranked second among all stock pickers in the Real Estate category in the annual “Best on the Street” analyst survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal. In 2003 through 2006, he ranked each year as a top-five stock picker in the Home Construction category. In 2011, Jim also was ranked second for estimate accuracy in the Household Durables category in the annual FT/StarMine analyst poll. In 2009, he placed second in the Construction & Building Materials category in “The Best Brokerage Analysts” rankings compiled by Forbes.

    Jim holds a BA in economics from Whitman College and is a chartered financial analyst.

  • Ryan S. AbbeDirectorReal Estate & Lodging

    Ryan S. Abbe

    Director
    Real Estate Investment Banking

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    Ryan Abbe is a Director in JMP Securities’ real estate investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP in 2004, Ryan worked as an associate in the financial institutions group at Piper Jaffray, where he focused on financial technology, mortgage finance and real estate-related services companies.

    Ryan holds a BA from Macalester College.

  • Tosh ChandraDirectorFinancial Services

    Tosh Chandra

    Director
    Financial Services Investment Banking

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    Tosh Chandra is a Director in JMP Securities’ financial services investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Tosh was a proprietary market maker for Gotham Investment Management in Gold Options on the COMEX division of the NYMEX.  He was previously a Venture Capital Associate at Riverside Management Group. He began his career at PaineWebber Incorporated as an analyst in the financial institutions group of the investment banking division.

    Tosh holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a BA from Duke University.

  • David KellmanDirectorHealthcare

    David Kellman

    Director
    Healthcare Investment Banking

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    David Kellman is a Director in JMP Securities’ healthcare investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP Securities, David was a Vice President at Paramount BioSciences, a life sciences investment firm. Previously, he was a hedge fund analyst at S.A.C. Capital Advisors focused on healthcare investing and a member of the healthcare investment banking group at Piper Jaffray. David began his career in the healthcare group of Investor Growth Capital, the venture capital arm of Investor AB.

    David holds a BS in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BSE in bioengineering from its School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Jay MageeDirectorFinancial Services

    Jay Magee

    Director
    Financial Services Investment Banking

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    Jay Magee is a Director in JMP Securities’ financial services investment banking group.  His areas of focus include auto, consumer, commercial and mortgage finance as well as technology-enabled business services.

    Jay joined JMP in July 2005 and has since completed more than 80 middle-market transactions—including public debt and equity financings, private placements and strategic advisory assignments—with an aggregate consideration of more than $13 billion.  Prior to joining JMP, Jay was an Associate in the real estate merchant banking group at Wells Fargo.  From 1999 until 2003, he served as Associate in Merrill Lynch’s global private client group.

    Jay holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a BA from Villanova University.

  • Paul MeglerDirectorReal Estate & Lodging

    Paul Megler

    Director
    Real Estate Investment Banking

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    Paul Megler is a Director in JMP Securities’ real estate investment banking group.  His areas of focus include homebuilding, land development, multi-family, single-family rental, commercial and real estate related service companies.

    Prior to joining JMP Securities in 2006, Paul worked for the Kor Group, a Los Angeles based residential and hotel development firm.  From 1999 to 2003, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Systems and Process Assurance Group.

    Paul holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in accounting and a B.S. in management information systems from Miami University.

  • Greg ThorneDirectorTechnology

    Greg Thorne

    Director
    Technology Investment Banking

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    Greg Thorne is a Director in JMP Securities’ technology investment banking group.

    Prior to joining JMP, Greg served in the investment banking group at ThinkEquity Partners.  He previously worked at Updata Partners, a technology-focused venture capital firm with $500 million in assets under management.  Earlier in his career, Greg spent five years at Internet Security Systems and two years at Abbott Laboratories.

    Greg holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the University of Michigan.

     

     

     

     

  • Anthony WayneDirectorReal Estate & Lodging

    Anthony Wayne

    Director
    Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking

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    Anthony Wayne is a Director in JMP Securities’ investment banking group.

    Anthony joined JMP in 2004. Prior to joining JMP, he was a member of the real estate investment banking groups at Lehman Brothers and PaineWebber Incorporated, beginning in 1997. During his 13-year career, Anthony has been involved in more than $17.2 billion of public debt and equity capital raising transactions and approximately $3.0 billion of mergers and acquisitions.

    Anthony holds a BA in economics from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.