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Stifel Financial Corp. has added a banker to its Michigan public finance team.

Brodie Killian joined the St. Louis-based firm as a managing director of the firm’s Southfield office this month. Killian will be lead banker for school district, community college, and local government issuer clients throughout Michigan.

Killian previously led Raymond James' public finance banking efforts in Michigan. He previously worked on the banking team at William Blair & Co., which last year dropped public finance.

Killian holds both issuer and banking experience having previously worked as deputy superintendent of business and operations at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

Brodie’s hiring will bring the firm’s Michigan team to six banking professionals.

“The hiring of Killian we see as a really great opportunity to add a well-respected banker to our team to both solidify our Michigan presence as well as provide us future opportunities to expand our footprint into other sectors of issuers within the State,” Brenda Voutyras, a managing director and manager of Stifel’s Michigan public finance efforts, said in an e-mail.

Stifel Nicolaus was the second largest senior manager in the state of Michigan in 2017, according to according to Thomson Reuters data. The firm was senior manager on nearly $1 billion of bonding.

Before made the leap to banking in 2014 after two years with the Plymouth Canton district's administration. Before that, he worked as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley.

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