CEO, Co-founder. Mr. Edwards is a past Corporate Bond Manager of the investment-grade trading department at a Charlotte-based securities firm. Mr. Edwards began his trading career in 1995. His experience includes trading and positioning a wide variety of taxable fixed-income products and he completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program in 2003.
JAMES M. FORD, CFA
Mr. Ford is the President and a Managing Partner of First Ballantyne, LLC. James’s
responsibilities include trading and sales with a focus on high yield/distressed securities as well as proprietary positioning. Mr. Ford joined First Ballantyne in 2008 from the fixed income buy-side in Charlotte. His career on the buy-side was as a trader, analyst, and portfolio manager. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
MIKE JOHNSON, CFA
Director, Research Analyst – Mr. Johnson is a Research Analyst covering a wide range of high yield and distressed companies and municipal issuers. Prior to joining First Ballantyne, Mr. Johnson was the Chief Market Strategist for M.S. Howells concentrating in capital structure arbitrage. Prior to M.S. Howells, Mr. Johnson worked as a banker at Financial Security Assurance Inc (FSA) concentrating in sub-prime auto origination and exotic securitizations. Prior to FSA, he ran BNP Paribas’ North American Corporate bond and CDS Credit Strategy Group. Mr Johnson was a founding member of Banc of America Securities’ High Grade Credit Strategy Group and was responsible for developing a suit of research products and an analytical bond index platform. Mr. Johnson, CFA, received his Bachelor’s and MBA Degree from the University of Buffalo and has over 20 years of fixed income experience. Mr. Johnson joined First Ballantyne LLC in 2015.
TROY W. ANDERSON
Fixed Income Trading and Sales – Mr. Anderson joined First Ballantyne, LLC in 2003 from a Charlotte-based investment management company. With over 20 years’ experience in trading and managing fixed-income portfolios, he assists the firm’s clients in the investment selection and management process.
FRED C. ALEXANDER
Fixed Income Trading and Sales – Mr. Alexander joined the firm in 2003 and has 15 years’ experience working in the brokerage industry. He currently maintains relationships with our broker/dealer counterparts and the relationships with our institutional customers.
Fixed Income Trading and Sales – Mr. Kreshon joined First Ballantyne, LLC in 2014. He began his fixed income trading career in 1998 with a Charlotte-based securities firm. Mr. Kreshon serves as FBLT’s Municipal Securities Principal with a focus on Puerto Rico debt.
DONALD C. BUZANOWSKI
Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) & CMO Trading – Mr. Buzanowski, or “Buzz” as he is known by his trading partners, joined the firm in 2005. He has worked with the founding partners of FBLT for over ten years in a past trading position at a major Charlotte-based investment bank. Don offers our clients over 30 years’ experience in CMO trading.
HY/Crossover Corporate Bond Trading, MBS Trading – Mr. Simons joined the firm in 2013. He worked in the mortgage/asset-backed trading business for over 15 years before changing focus to corporate bonds. Prior to joining FBLT, Mr. Simons worked for several of the largest securities firms in the U.S.
MICHAEL J. GILBOY
Fixed Income Trading – Municipals. Mr. Gilboy Joined First Ballantyne, LLC in 2016 along with the rest of the municipal team from another Charlotte based municipal fixed income firm. With over 12 years’ experience in municipals, “Mike” has traded a wide array of municipal products with a focus on the best execution for First Ballantyne’s, LLC customers.
Municipal Trading – Mr. Hassell joined First Ballantyne in 2016 as part of a high grade municipal team. He brings 7 years of muni trading experience to the firm, with familiarity in a wide range of the market and a focus on providing best execution for First Ballantyne’s institutional clients.
Fixed Income Sales – Municipals. Mr. Perry Joined First Ballantyne, LLC in 2016 along with the rest of the municipal team from another Charlotte based municipal bond firm. With over 21 years’ experience in the brokerage industry, Doug maintains relationships with our institutional municipal customers.
CFO/FINOP/CCO. Mr. Team joined the firm in 2012. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, most recently with a major Charlotte financial institution. He has an extensive background in accounting, finance, regulatory compliance, and financial operations.
KYLE E. CAROPRESO
Trade Support Analyst – Mr. Caropreso joined First Ballantyne, LLC in 2016 from a Charlotte-based bank. He has over 20 years’ experience in the securities industry. His background in different areas within operations, and trade support he is able to support the firm’s clients in all areas of the trading process. His responsibilities are to make sure the procedures are up to date, think of process improvements that meet the needs of the firm, and assist with all the functions of operations.
Trade Support Analyst – Mr. Fetty joined First Ballantyne in 2014. His primary responsibilities are those of operations which include balancing inventories, working on trade problems, ensuring that trades are booked and settled in a timely manner and support Traders on daily functions.
Research Analyst – Mr. Team joined First Ballantyne, LLC in 2017 after graduating from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics.