Florida Education Finance

Committed to building brighter futures in the place we call home.

Our Public Finance platform makes Florida schools a priority – a focus that has resulted in powerful results for schools and students and for our firm. In 2017, Raymond James ranked first in Florida School District financings with $313.4 million of senior managed negotiated par issuance. The firm consistently ranks among the top three co-managers for Florida School District issues, participating on 19 transactions for a total par amount of $1.173 billion in 2016 and 2017. And since 2014, Raymond James has acted as an underwriter, senior manager or co-senior manager on 47 Florida School District COPs transactions totaling approximately $2.63 billion in par amount.*

Unlike other public finance investment banking firms working throughout the state, Raymond James is headquartered here, making us uniquely qualified and committed to serving local Florida issuers. Our platform enjoys a powerful distribution network and the largest underwriting desk in the Southeast, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

* Source: Thomson Reuters, based on total dollar amount of transactions

Full-service Capabilities

  • Underwriting
    • Master Lease Certificates of Participation
    • Sales Tax Revenue Bonds
    • Racetrack Revenue Bonds
    • General Obligation Bonds
    • Revenue Anticipation Notes
    • Tax Anticipation Notes
    • Commercial Paper
  • Private Placements
  • Bank Loans through Raymond James Capital Funding
  • Rating Agency Strategy
  • Financing Capacity Projections
  • Debt Portfolio Analysis
  • Investment of Proceeds Advisory
  • Derivatives Advisory
  • USDA Financing

Funding schools. Inspiring students.


Rick Patterson
Managing Director
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Jon Eichelberger
Managing Director
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Mary Beth Hargrove
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Frank Leto
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