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Wall Street’s oldest continually operating Black-owned firm expands Midwest presence.
(Black PR Wire) Indiana — Blaylock Van, LLC, the nation’s longest continuously operating Black-owned investment firm, recently welcomed David B. Girton as Senior Vice President for its growing investment banking team. Most recently, Girton served as Vice President of Institutional Sales at Sturdivant, Inc., a full-service brokerage firm. With more than three decades of experience in financial services, municipal finance, and institutional trading, Girton will be based in Indiana and cover the firm’s Midwest region.
Throughout his career, Girton has diversified his skillsets and actively co-managed several municipal transactions including water, sewer, educational facilities, airports, and stadiums. To date, he has participated in more than $10 billion of co-managed underwritings. While at Sturdivant, Girton spearheaded the company’s Indiana Project to cultivate the next generation of Wall Street leaders by introducing minority students to the vast economic opportunities in the industry and preparing them to successfully take and pass the newly enacted FINRA Securities Industry Essential examination.
“David is recognized across the industry for his remarkable financial savvy as well as his ability to build and grow long-term client relationships, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team as we broaden our reach across the Midwest,” said Blaylock Van CEO and President Eric Standifer. “As a company dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and the next generation, we also appreciate and admire his charitable and community work as we aim to expand our nonprofit work in the region.”
In 2010, Girton founded the Liger Financial & Trustee Education Conference which brings together trustees, plan sponsors, and money managers from across the United States to share knowledge, network, and collaborate. He has also served on several elected and appointed corporate and civic boards and currently serves on the Washington Alliance Capital Board of Directors and the Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight. Girton was previously elected to the Indianapolis Public School Board of Commissioners, the largest school district in the State of Indiana, where he served two consecutive terms.
“Blaylock Van’s commitment to diversity is unparalleled in the financial services and investment industry, going beyond talk and ideas to action and innovation,” Girton said. “I am incredibly passionate about this industry and look forward to carrying on the Blaylock Van legacy and work in Indiana and throughout the region.”
In addition, Girton has received numerous recognitions, including the Indiana Black Expo Governor’s Award, Stanley K. Lacey Leadership Class XV for emerging leaders, national recognition in Black Enterprise Magazine, named one of Ebony Magazine’s 50 Leaders of the Future, and the Indianapolis Business Journal 40 under 40, among others. He is a member of the National Association of Security Professionals.
About Blaylock Van, LLC
Blaylock Van, LLC (BV) is the oldest and continuously operating Black-owned banking firm in the United States, providing personalized services for clients across the country. Clients include corporations, municipalities, investment managers, pension funds, and family offices. The firm’s headquarters are in New York City, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Miami, and Oakland, Calif. Blaylock Van is 89 percent Black-owned. For more information, please visit https://brv-llc.com/