Cantor Fitzgerald Expands Footprint with Office in Birmingham

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., a leading financial services firm, today announced the expansion of its footprint with the opening of a new office in Birmingham, Alabama.  Tracy Hunt, Jonathan Doss, Jay Simpson and Counce Drinkard, all of who join Cantor Fitzgerald from BBVA Compass, will be based in the Birmingham office.  

"We are delighted to welcome this outstanding team of professionals to Cantor, and are confident that their extensive experience and broad network of relationships will make an immediate impact to the firm.  We remain deeply committed to strengthening and strategically growing our franchising in the U.S. and internationally, and having a team in this growing market enables us to aggressively pursue and service our clients in the South.  Our expanded presence in Birmingham further demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing clients with deep market intelligence and unparalleled services in local markets, and our ability to attract top notch talent to our franchise," said Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

"We are excited to be a part of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the premier firms in the global fixed income markets. Cantor is well positioned for growth in Birmingham, and we look forward to helping drive the success of the firm in this market," said Mr. Hunt. 

"This highly experienced team will significantly broaden our global distribution platform and enhance our ability to serve clients in the Southeast region," said John Baldo, Global Head of Fixed Income Sales at Cantor. "Their experience and breadth of relationships will be a tremendous asset to the firm, and demonstrates our commitment to providing clients with the highest level of service and expertise in all major markets."

Mr. Hunt joins Cantor as Managing Director, and will focus on Institutional Sales.  He most recently served as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Global Credit at BBVA Compass, where he focused on developing balance sheet strategies that optimize asset/liability management, capital adequacy, and regulatory guidelines.  Prior to that, he worked at Vining Sparks IBG in Institutional Fixed Income Sales.  He is a U.S. Navy veteran, and holds a B.A. from the University of Memphis.

Mr. Doss joins Canter as Director, and will focus on Institutional Sales.  He previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Global Credit at BBVA Compass.  He began his career at SouthTrust Securities in Birmingham.  He holds a B.A. in Corporate Finance from The University of Alabama.

Mr. Simpson joins Cantor as Director, and will focus on middle market accounts and Agency Backed Products.  Mr. Simpson previously served as Vice President of Fixed Income Sales at BBVA Compass. 

Mr. Drinkard joins Cantor as Vice President, and specializes in working with depository and non-depository institutions to create personalized portfolio strategy for buying or selling fixed income products.  He most recently served at BBVA Compass, where he focused on institutional credit and global market sales.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama.  

About Cantor Fitzgerald 
Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation has been a proven and resilient leader for over 65 years. Cantor is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate finance and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 22 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cantor Fitzgerald's 1,600 employees serve clients through over 35 locations, including major financial centers around the world in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information please visit

Note to Editors: Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick, is the parent entity of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., led by Chief Executive Officer Shawn P. Matthews.

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