Ed serves as Executive Vice President – Strategic Planning for Watco Companies, LLC. Ed is the newest member of the Executive Team, having joined in July of 2015. He works closely with the Watco Team to further develop and prioritize key acquisitions and other targeted organic growth opportunities that enable Watco to continue to provide timely and cost-effective solutions for Customer’s increasingly complex transportation needs. Ed also works with Watco’s Capital Partners and Financial Team to find the most efficient and flexible capital to fund Watco’s various Customer initiatives.
Prior to joining the Watco Team, Ed worked for 30 years in investment and corporate banking. Most recently, he was with BMO Capital Markets, where he started BMO’s Transportation and Logistics investment banking practice in 2003 and has worked closely with several railroad, trucking, barge, and logistics companies with M&A advisory, acquisition debt financing, and raising equity capital. Ed also worked for three years in BMO’s Real Estate Capital Markets group, covering various real estate opportunity funds, and REITs. Prior to BMO Capital Markets, Ed was CFO at a privately held Chicago-based leasing company and worked at Banque National de Paris and Continental Illinois.
Ed has his BBA and MBA from the University of Iowa and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).