Prior to forming The Stiepel Group, John spent many years as a Senior Vice President in both the public and corporate finance departments of Sutro & Co, the investment banking subsidiary of John Hancock Insurance. He also spent some time in the wealth management divisions of Merrill Lynch and UBS focusing on the management of municipal bond portfolios for high net worth individuals.
Within the public finance markets, John has an expertise in traditional municipal finance as well as other creative and non-traditional project finance. Within the corporate finance arena, John has developed an expertise and reputation in the lease securitization markets focusing on structuring and arranging construction and permanent financing on behalf of real estate expansion and new facility development for a variety of corporations. He developed the Securitized Mortgages for Anchor Retail Tenants (“SMARTs”) financing program that was used by several Fortune 500 and 1,000 companies on both a single asset and a pooled asset basis. Somewhat of a hybrid between the private and public sectors is the financing for affordable and market rate senior housing, a current focus of Brydant’s. To date, John has been involved in the financing of over $500 million of senior housing.
John received his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and his M.B.A., with a concentration in Finance, from the University of California, Los Angeles. John is happily married to his high school sweetheart and is blessed with 7 stepchildren. He is also active in his community serving as President of his HOA on behalf of 2,000+ homeowners, committee chairman for the local chamber of commerce, and is a strong supporter of JDRF. Faith and family are foremost in John’s life and he is currently enrolled in The Master’s Program, a 3-year Christian Leadership program.