Memphis-based investment bank Duncan-Williams, Inc. announced Thursday that it has enhanced its public finance practice by opening an office in Columbus, Ohio. The new office is the firm’s 17th location.

Former Ohio State Treasurer Kevin Boyce and industry veteran Christy McMurry will lead the office as managing director and senior vice president, respectively.

“This expansion of our geographic footprint reinforces our overall growth strategy,” said McMurry. “Today, the market is changing faster than ever, and we must stay ahead of the curve and aim to expand our reach even further.”

McMurry joins Duncan-Williams with more than 12 years of experience providing financial advisory and investment banking services to state and local governments. She has worked on a variety of structured financings, specializing in K-12, higher education, water, sewer and capital projects for local government issuers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Prior to joining the firm, McMurry worked on the trading desk for Seasongood and Mayer, LLC, which was acquired by RBC Capital Markets in 2007. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Seton Hall.

Boyce joins Duncan-Williams after working for Rice Financial Products, a New York based investment banking firm.

Prior to working at Rice, Boyce served as Ohio’s treasurer between 2009 and 2011. He’s currently a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, where he is the ranking Democrat on the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee.

Boyce received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toledo and Central Michigan University.

“Although our roots are in the Southeast, we have grown into a nationally recognized, full-service financial services provider serving clients in all 50 states from offices across the country,” Boyce said. “The opening of this new office in Columbus further expands our national reach.”

Duncan-Williams is a privately owned, full-service broker-dealer, with a capitalization of approximately $30 million. In addition to Columbus and Memphis, it has offices in New York, Atlanta, and Chicago.

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