BiographyAndy began his investment banking career at Raymond James Financial. For nine years, he was a Senior Vice President and Department Head, and he reported to the Chairman. Andy was one of six members of the firmís Capital Markets Commitment Committee. As a Syndicate Manager, he was responsible for the pricing, distribution and aftermarket trading of IPOs, follow-on financings and debt offerings.
During his time with Raymond James, Andy cultivated and managed relationships with major Wall Street investment banks and regional firms. He served a term as Chairman of the Southern States Securities Industry Association and sat on SIA committees relating to Governmental Affairs and Syndicate Affairs. He also was a member of the Investment Association of New York.
Andy later accepted a partner role at a financial advisory firm, where he structured and funded direct investments in several private companies and acted as a consultant in helping a company complete an IPO.
In the mid-1990s, Andy left the deal business to become CFO of Big River Grille and Brewing Works, a $7-million-revenue company that grew to more than $90 million over the course of his tenure. In that position, he completed a $50-million acquisition of Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, a stock buy-back, sale/leaseback transactions, and a $60-million recapitalization. These transactions involved negotiating with private equity groups, mezzanine lenders, senior lenders and existing shareholders. Andy's operating responsibilities included implementing and managing the company functions relating to accounting, finance, human resources, information technology, risk management and purchasing.