Title: Vice President
Firm: Build America Mutual
After joining BAM at its launch in 2012, Greg has developed a particular expertise in the credit analysis of Texas Municipal Utility Districts — an important component of the company's business, and a crucial sector of the municipal market that provides financing for basic infrastructure like water and wastewater utilities and roads in developing communities.
Greg is the kind of analyst who always makes the extra call — or even the extra trip — to make sure he (and BAM) understands the full nuances of a credit, according to his superiors.
That has included multiple annual trips to Texas, both to visit with experienced professionals in the market who could provide overviews on the broad questions related to MUD financing and the broader issues of development in the state, and to drive through specific developments and regions to get an on-the-ground assessment of economic conditions that could impact credit quality.
"Greg has played a role in institutionalizing those observations into criteria, and also played an important role in developing BAM's methodology for assessing whether MUD bonds align with the International Capital Markets Association's Green Bond Principles, making them eligible for the BAM GreenStar designation," Mike Stanton, head of strategy and communications at BAM, said.
In addition to those contributions to traditional municipal credit analysis, Greg has been an advocate for innovative uses of technology in the municipal underwriting process, including utilizing drones to get real-time views of communities where in-person visits are impractical or inefficient.
When he is not traveling for work, he travels for pleasure. He met his wife while studying in Florence and the two of them haven’t stopped traveling since. They have been to 15 different countries over the past 10 years. Their 2-year-old and 6-month-old sons haven't slowed them down — the 2-year-old has already taken more than 20 flights.