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Marianne F. Edmonds, Senior Managing Director Certifications/Licenses: Series 50, Municipal Advisor Representative
Marianne Edmonds joined PRAG in September, 2005 with PRAG’s acquisition of her firm, Marianne Edmonds, Inc. Ms. Edmonds founded Marianne Edmonds, Inc. in March 1997.
Prior to founding her firm, she worked as an investment banker and financial advisor to governmental issuers in Florida, beginning in 1982, at William R. Hough & Co. and Smith Barney, Inc. During Ms. Edmonds’ career in public finance, she has developed and implemented financing plans for a variety of purposes: general governmental capital projects, utility systems, resource recovery plants, refundings, equipment lease programs, lease purchase programs, housing, and sports facilities, among others.
Ms. Edmonds received a B.A. in Mathematics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
Wendell G. Gaertner, Senior Managing Director Certifications/Licenses: Series 50, Municipal Advisor Representative
Mr. Gaertner joined PRAG in 2013. He has almost 25 years of experience in public finance at the local, regional, state and federal level.
He began his career as a commercial bank credit analyst and commercial lender and in 1989 became a public finance banker in Florida with a primary focus on general governments and affordable housing. He has experience in tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds, 144A corporate debt in public, private and global offerings, variable rate debt, swaps, letters of credit and traditional bank debt. Over the past ten years, Mr. Gaertner has focused on complex project financings for federal, state and local governments, and public-private partnerships. He has financed $5 billion of public-private partnerships throughout the country. In addition to his public-private partnership experience, he as experience in federal non-appropriated fund instruments of debt, affordable housing, student housing, development district’s, tax increment, transportation and general governmental financings. He has served as lead banker on financings recognized by Project Finance Magazine as “North American Real Estate Deal of the Year” and “North American Public Private Partnership Deal of the Year.”
Mr. Gaertner received a B.S. in Chemistry with General Honors from the University of Miami and an M.B.A. from Stetson University.
Natalie Sidor, Managing Director Certifications/Licenses: Series 50, Municipal Advisor Representative
Natalie Sidor joined PRAG in 2018 as a Managing Director bringing over 15 years of corporate and public finance experience. At PRAG Ms. Sidor provides client and transactional support to general government, special district and housing finance authority clients.
Formerly with Raymond James and Associates, Inc., Ms. Sidor provided investment banking and advisory services to clients throughout the Southeast. While at Raymond James, Ms. Sidor was responsible for evaluating, developing and executing financing solutions based on client objectives and market dynamics.
During her time with Raymond James, she was involved in the execution of $4.5 billion of lead-managed municipal financings for state and local governments, primarily in Florida. She has served as senior manager or placement agent for Florida municipalities, including Fort Myers, Miami Beach, Sarasota, Clearwater, Charlotte County, Hernando County, Sumter County, Tampa Bay Water and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, to name a few.
In addition to her extensive public finance experience, Ms. Sidor also has experience in real estate development and corporate finance. After receiving her M.B.A., she served as Finance and Investments Manager for The Sembler Company, a real estate development company. Ms. Sidor began her career has an analyst in Corporate Investment Banking for Wachovia Securities, participating in deal teams for mergers and acquisitions advisory, debt private placements, strategic studies and valuations.
Ms. Sidor is a founding member of the Florida Chapter of Women in Public Finance and currently serves as President-Elect.
Ms. Sidor received a B.S. degree from the University of Tampa with a double major in Finance and Economics, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.
Molly Clark, Managing Director Certifications/Licenses: Series 50, Municipal Advisor Representative
Molly Clark joined PRAG in 2018 as a Managing Director bringing over 17 years of public finance experience. Ms. Clark serves PRAG’s general government clients including cities, counties and special districts providing both analytical and transactional support.
Formerly with Wells Fargo Securities, Ms. Clark provided investment banking to clients throughout the State of Florida. She was involved in planning, structuring, and executing tax-exempt and taxable bond financings through the capital and bank markets.
At Wells Fargo, Ms. Clark served as a liaison between municipal issuers and both the investor community and the bank’s commercial banking relationship managers. She was involved in debt structuring, bond modeling, and planning, strategy and document sessions. She developed rating agency presentations, internet road shows presentations, and other marketing materials for bond offerings.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Ms. Clark served as an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets and as a corporate trust analyst at Northern Trust Bank.
Ms. Clark is a founding member of the Florida Chapter of Women in Public Finance and currently serves on the Board as Communications Chair.
Ms. Clark received a B.A. degree in Economics cum laude from Carleton College.
Michael “Mickey” C. Johnston, Vice President Certifications/Licenses: Series 50, Municipal Advisor Representative
Mr. Johnston joined PRAG in 2018 after spending over ten years advising municipalities, redevelopment agencies, authorities, and school districts across the State of New Jersey. Mr. Johnston’s previous experience includes assisting clients on a variety of business matters including negotiation and implementation of payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) agreements, labor negotiations, water privatization contract negotiations, budget planning, and capital analysis.
In addition to his work in public finance, Mr. Johnston also gained valuable experience as a Manager of Financial Analysis at The Blackstone Group, headquartered in New York City.
Mr. Johnston earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University.