The legacy of an individual in the financial industry is not the ground breaking deals they help foster, but how well they handled money in that process. Stratford Shields entered the industry with a very rich background. He had obtained his academic degrees from the nationally famous Ohio State University and Columbia University. Upon entering the industry, he quickly found him being shuffled around as he rose through the ranks. He soon had enough experience to branch out into personal ventures. Stratford Shields is presently the Director of the Public Finance Investment Banking group at Loop Capital Market. This position gives him more market influence than ever before.
His market experiences ranges from clerical work, to acting as Head of Public Finance for major corporations. At the height of his career he helped Morgan Stanley improve their standing in how they negotiate deals. This experience would be a strong asset when he meet an individual from Ohio State University. The university was looking to do some internal restructuring such as privatizing their parking spaces, in order to have a better handle on resource allocation. The idea was off to the races, but they stumbled a few times along the way. While the final product did not pan out as expected, Stratford Shields earned the “Deal of the year” award for his efforts.
That idea has copied and refined by other universities in recent years. Stratford Shields believes that the trend towards a greater number of privatized companies is only just the beginning of a bigger trend in the market. As a finance expert, he is on the front lines everyday talking with clients and ensuring their plans are coming to life. He sees the industry for what it is, and has learned the navigation tricks over the last two decades.