Ed serves as Executive Vice President – Chief Investment Officer for Watco Companies, LLC. Ed joined the Executive Team in July of 2015 as EVP – Strategic Planning. In his role as CIO, Ed will manage Watco’s capital raising activities and oversee the deployment of capital in Customer growth projects and mergers and acquisition transactions.
Since joining Watco, Ed has been deeply involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions and Customer growth capital transactions. He was instrumental in raising equity capital with SkyKnight – Crowley and several debt financings with Watco’s banks.
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).