As head of the firm’s Airport Finance group, D.J. has extensive experience working exclusively with airport issuers as a feasibility consultant, financial advisor, and primarily as an underwriter for the past 18 years. He has expertise in structuring debt, leveraging Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) and Customer Facility Charges (CFCs), evaluating alternative plans of finance, and developing credit strategies. Unlike many transportation bankers who often work on other surface, toll, highway, and even governmental transactions, D.J.’s municipal experience is strictly in the airport sector having worked with airports for former employers Jeffries and LeighFisher prior to joining Raymond James in 2004.
In addition to a deep resume of fixed-rate airport revenue bond transactions, he has led CFC rental car, PFC, Fixed-Base Operator, variable-rate, stand-alone parking, derivative, and other special facility financings. D.J. has worked on more than $15 billion of debt offerings for dozens of airports including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fresno, Guam, Manchester, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Panama City, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Shreveport. He is active in the airport industry with speaking engagements, sponsorships and attendance at Airports Council International and American Association of Airport Executives events. He received his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota.