Jason Ware

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Title: Managing Director and Head of Trading, Firm Co-Founder
Firm: 280 Securities
Age: 38

With 16 years of experience in the fixed-income markets, Jason Ware is both an entrepreneur and accomplished leader in the municipal bond market.

After graduating from Holy Cross in 2002, he joined Bear Stearns’ fixed-income desk and by 2004 was managing all municipal bonds for the state of California.

After JPMorgan acquired the firm, he took over the municipal retail desk in Los Angeles.

In 2012, he joined Robert W. Baird to build a California muni desk in San Francisco, where he developed and implemented comprehensive protocols for best execution.

In 2017, Jason co-founded 280 CapMarkets, with the idea that dealers should compete for advisors’ business and that technology should play an integral part of the process. In 2018, he leads a trading desk that has traded over $4 billion in munis in more than 8,000 trades.

“Jason didn’t come from a privileged background. His accomplishments reflect a strong personal determination to rise above more difficult circumstances by setting specific goals and having the internal drive to achieve them,” said Gurinder S. Ahluwalia, CEO and Co-Founder of 280 CapMarkets. “As an African American in an industry that is still striving to improve its diversity, Jason is a role model and a mentor.”

Ware lives in the Bay Area in California with his wife and three children.

Outside of work, he is a volunteer who coaches kindergarten and first-grade basketball and football players. When coaching and mentoring his players, he focuses on instilling confidence in each player.

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