Wendell Gaertner is a Senior Managing Director with the municipal advisory firm Public Resources Advisory Group and manages the firm’s Florida office. He has over 31 years of experience in public finance at the local, regional, state and federal level. With a background in commercial banking, investment banking and financial advisory, Wendell provides extensive experience in tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds, 144A corporate debt, variable rate debt, swaps, letters of credit, and bank debt. He has advised in the issuance of debt in public, private and global offerings.
In addition to providing transactional advice for debt issuances, Wendell has also provided strategic financial advisory services including development of long-term financial models, creation of interim funding strategies, evaluation of public-private partnership opportunities and Value for Money analyses. He has advised clients on financial structures and strategies in connection with public works, utility, transportation, economic development, real estate, and affordable housing projects.
Prior to joining PRAG Wendell served as an investment banker and financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, Banc of America Securities and Raymond James. He began his career as a commercial banker with Barnett Bank. He received a B.S. in Chemistry with General Honors from the University of Miami in Coral Gables and an MBA from Stetson University. He is licensed as a Series 50, Municipal Advisor Representative and a Series 54, Municipal Advisor Principal.