Skyway Capital Markets LLC, a boutique investment banking, managing broker-dealer and wholesale securities distribution firm, has continued its hiring spree with the addition of Jeff Hunt, who has joined the firm’s investment banking team as managing director, expanding Skyway Capital’s financial institutions and financial technology practices.
Hunt returns to investment banking after spending the last 10 years in various operational roles in the financial services and energy sectors. Prior to joining Skyway, he served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer of BayFirst Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: BAFN) and its commercial banking subsidiary, BayFirst National Bank where he helped drive the strategic direction of BayFirst, the company said.
Hunt reportedly led BayFirst through multiple capital raises, managed investor relations, directed its public listing on Nasdaq, led its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program, and was one of the leaders in advancing BayFirst’s technology strategy, while also overseeing the risk management departments.
In addition to his operational and leadership experience, Skyway said that Hunt will draw upon his 17 years of prior investment banking experience with Kendrick Pierce & Co. where he completed hundreds of capital and M&A advisory transactions primarily in the financial services sector alongside Skyway’s chief executive officer, Russ Hunt.
“We are excited to have Jeff join the Skyway team, and it’s nice to be working with him again. The combination of his operational experience, ability to evaluate financial opportunities and implement financial technology, along with his entrepreneurial and strategic mindset, are all attributes that will help our clients achieve their desired outcomes,” remarked CEO Russ Hunt.
Hunt is a co-founder, managing member, and investment committee member of Celeridem Capital Management LLC, a fintech focused investment firm. He serves on the board of Florida Business Development Corp., a Small Business Administration 504 lender. Additionally, Hunt is an advisory board member for Allison Fintech Corp., a Tampa-based financial technology company.
He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses.
Skyway Capital Markets is a national investment banking firm that provides strategic advice and execution on equity and debt capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and financial advisory services. The team has participated in more than $3 billion in public and private investment banking transactions. The managing broker-deal group facilitates the broker-dealer process from initial due-diligence to distribution. Skyway Capital Markets is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.