Mr. LeMaster has more than 20 years of investment banking and corporate development experience. His corporate finance track record includes 1003+ M&A transactions, public equity and debt offerings and private placements totaling more than $5 billion. Since joining Ponder in 2007, Mr. LeMaster has focused on strategic advisory engagements on behalf of not-for-profit and government-owned hospitals and health systems across the country in a wide array of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and healthcare real estate monetization’s. In addition, he frequently works with clients on the assessment and evaluation of strategic options, as well as fairness opinions and valuations. Mr. LeMaster is a member of Ponder’s Executive Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Health Care Council.
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. 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.