Chris Choate joined Raymond James in December 2004 from Ryan Beck & Company, where he worked as a managing director in the financial institutions group. Prior to joining Ryan Beck in 2002, he worked in Scott & Stringfellow’s financial institutions group for 10 years. Mr. Choate is involved in new business development, relationship management and investment banking transaction execution. His expertise in the financial institutions arena includes mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, strategic planning and other financial advisory services. Mr. Choate received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia.