Public finance veteran Nitcholas moves to Baird from Huntington

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Baird has hired Mark Nitcholas from Huntington Capital Markets to be managing director for public finance at a new Houston office.

Nitcholas, who has more than 30 years of public finance experience, was managing director at Huntington, where he ran the firm’s operations in Texas.

“His expertise and experience truly complement our growing public finance presence in this region and will allow us to further enhance our service offerings across Texas and the Southwest,” said Brian Brewer, director of Baird’s Public Finance group.

Mark Nitcholas joins Baird as managing director in Houston.

Nitcholas will focus on local and state governments, state agencies and school districts within Texas and the Southwest, the firm said.

Before Huntington, Nitcholas was the manager of Southwest Public Finance at Banc of America and has also held banking positions at RBC Capital Markets and Morgan Keegan, now Raymond James.

Nitcholas has worked numerous Texas issuers, including major cities such as Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock and Corpus Christi as well as smaller communities such as Kerrville and Round Rock. He has also served major school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Corpus Christi and Austin-San Antonio metropolitan markets, as well as many smaller school districts throughout the state, and major municipal and state issuers like the San Antonio Water System, the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Public Finance Authority.

Nitcholas is chairman of the Texas Municipal Advisory Council, and an advisory board member for the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston and a board member on the Endowment Board of Chrysalis Ministries in San Antonio.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Texas at Austin and a masters in history from University of North Texas.

Over the past five years, Baird Public Finance has added 20 professionals and four offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to work with Texas municipal issuers and complement the Houston institutional sales office.

Baird ranks second as advisor to special districts in the state and third as underwriter based on number of Texas issues overall so far this year, according to Ipreo MuniAnalytics. Baird has more than 130 associates and 12 offices in Abilene, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lake Jackson and San Antonio.

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