Mr. LeMaster has more than 20 years of investment banking and corporate development experience. His corporate finance track record includes 75+ M&A transactions, public equity and debt offerings and private placements totaling more than $4 billion. Since joining Ponder in 2007, Mr. LeMaster has focused on financial advisory engagements on behalf of hospitals and health systems across the country in a wide array of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and healthcare real estate monetizations. In addition, he frequently works with clients on the assessment and evaluation of strategic options, as well as fairness opinions and valuations.
Prior to joining Ponder & Co., he was Vice President of development for Ardent Health Services, a hospital management company with 12 acute care hospitals and more than 2,100 beds, as well as 20 inpatient behavioral hospitals across the US. Ardent was also one of the largest providers of inpatient behavioral services with 20 hospitals and approximately 2,000 beds prior to the sale of the division in 2005. At Ardent, he focused on acute care and behavioral acquisitions; worked extensively on the development of a physician joint venture hospital; facilitated the consolidation of two tertiary hospitals and the purchase, sale and development of medical office buildings. Previously, Mr. LeMaster spent eight years in investment banking, most recently as a director with Robert W. Baird & Co., where he focused on M&A transactions, public equity and debt offerings and private placements.
Mr. LeMaster holds an M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.