CHICAGO — Minneapolis-based Northland Securities Inc. has hired veteran municipal professional James Kubik to help lead its expansion in the central states region.

Kubik joined the 10-year-old, privately held firm as fixed-income managing director charged with expanding Northland’s business in the region. Kubik is establishing an office in Denver, where he will be based.

“Jim Kubik’s reputation in Midwest fixed-income investing is well established among industry participants,” said Robert Young, Northland’s director of the central division. “Institutions including community banks and money management firms will be the largest groups served by Northland’s central division.”

Kubik is a 40-year veteran of the fixed- income markets. He was a founding principal of the Chicago-based firm Griffin, Kubik, Stephens and Thompson Inc., which BMO Capital Markets acquired in 2008.

Griffin Kubik was a boutique firm with a strong distribution network throughout the Midwest. James Kubik had remained at BMO as a managing director at the firm. He launched his investment banking career in 1971 as an underwriter and trader at the former VanKampen, Wauterlek, and Brown.

The firm also announced the hiring of Emily Kramer as a senior fixed income associate.

Northland has offices in six states, serving thousands of institutional and retail clients, as well as hundreds of municipalities.

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