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INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. PROVEN RESULTS. COLUMBIA

David A. Abel joined Columbia Capital in 2017 as Managing Director. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Mr. Abel worked as an investment banker at various Wall Street and regional investment banks for nearly 20 years. He also served for four years as the Director of Debt Management of the State of Illinois.

Mr. Abel’s public sector experience includes capital markets performance measures, swap and debt policy development, ratings management, and bond authority consolidation. He administered the State of Illinois’s two largest bond programs, including directing a $10 billion of taxable pension bonds offering in June 2003. In addition to the State’s internal debt practice, Mr. Abel served on committee positions with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST).

During his tenure at municipal underwriting firms, Mr. Abel become known for his applied software engineering for custom debt management tools needed by large and frequent issuers. Including among his specialty assignments for custom work were a mortgage revenue bond program audit and reconstruction, as well as system-wide re-investment tax and regulatory compliance. Specialized assignments aside, Mr. Abel structured several hundred bond issues, many of which offered unusual tax exemption or security problem-solving opportunities.

Mr. Abel holds a B.A. in Economics with public finance emphasis from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in concert with extensive additional elective coursework in applied physics and mathematics of electrical engineering. He is registered with the SEC as a Series 50 municipal advisor representative.

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