Mr. Shirey joined Ponder & Co. in 1994.  As a managing director and head of advisory services, he is responsible for directing the efforts of the firm related to capital formation, capital markets and investment management.  He also oversees client management related to all aspects of capital formation, with a particular focus on the capital markets component.

Mr. Shirey has advised healthcare clients on more than $15 billion in interest rate swaps.  Structures utilized include: fixed payer and receiver swaps, percent of LIBOR swaps, basis swaps, reversals of existing swaps, swaptions and options on existing swaps. He serves as lead financial advisor to numerous multi-state and regional health care systems, and has advised on financings totaling more than $10 billion in the last five years.  He has also served as an expert witness in CON hearings. In addition, Mr. Shirey helps clients integrate the investment management process with arbitrage tax guidelines for municipal bonds.

Prior to joining Ponder & Co., he worked in the investment banking sector specializing in tax-exempt structured financings for healthcare providers. In addition, he served as a portfolio manager for an equity management firm. Previously, he was a fixed income portfolio manager responsible for $750+ million in assets.

Mr. Shirey holds a B.S. in mathematics and economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and was honored with Magna Cum Laude distinction.  Additionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.