HJ Sims Expands Investment Banking Group with Introduction of Public Finance Edu… – Press Release

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


Richard (Rich) Harmon
HJ Sims
Executive Managing Director, Head of Public Finance Education

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

Richard (Rich) Harmon joins Sims as Executive Managing Director, Head of Public Finance Education to lead the firm’s group, providing taxable and tax-exempt financing, as well as solutions for early stage capital, for education organizations nationwide. Rich brings 30+ years’ experience in investment and commercial banking, having first launched his profession with Lancaster Pollard. Throughout his career, Rich has dedicated his work to education and built one of the leading charter school investment banking practices in the country. He most recently served as Head of Public Finance with BB&T Capital Markets/Truist Securities. Rich earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics at Denison University and a J.D. 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 investment banking career as an analyst at Wells Fargo over 20 years ago. Since then, he has been a major driver in partnering with Rich to develop one of the preeminent charter school practices nationwide. Rob earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University and his MBA from The University of Texas. Based in Dallas, TX, Rob also actively works on the West Coast.

“We are thrilled that Rich Harmon and Rob Nickell have joined Sims…

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