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BondLink’s Continued Momentum Attracts Trio of Municipal Bond Market Veterans
BOSTON, September 11, 2018 − BondLink, the municipal market’s premier provider of investor outreach solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of three senior executives with strong ties to the municipal bond market: Tom Paolicelli as Senior Manager of Business Development, John Murphy as Senior Manager of Investor Relations and Outreach, and Brendan A. McGrail as Director of Communications. Paolicelli will be based in California, while Murphy and McGrail will be based at BondLink’s headquarters in Boston.
BondLink has been rapidly growing as it approaches its two-year anniversary. These latest hires also come amid an expansion of BondLink’s suite of products, from its market-leading IR platforms and investor analytics to its new online investor roadshow production and hosting capabilities. With a client list that already includes top municipal issuers such as the State of California, the City of Chicago and the University of Texas, BondLink is well-positioned to respond to increased market demand.
“The past two years have shown the market’s readiness for increased transparency and efficiency,” said Colin MacNaught, BondLink Co-Founder and CEO. “BondLink’s technology creates tremendous
value for the entire ecosystem, especially issuers and investors. We’re excited to continue spearheading this evolution with leaders like Tom, John and Brendan.”
Paolicelli’s focus will be on issuers as he brings more than two decades of experience in various roles in government. He was most recently the Chief Deputy Treasurer for the County of San Diego, overseeing the Treasury and Investment Division. Prior to joining the County, he was the Executive Director of the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority, one of the largest financing entities in the U.S. during its most active period, issuing over $30 billion in bonds. He was also a vice president/senior analyst for Moody’s Investors Service on the U.S. Public Infrastructure Team. Tom was also active in the GFOA, including on the Treasury & Investment Management Committee as well as its new Online Financial Transparency Taskforce.
“I’m thrilled to be working with BondLink in its mission to build a more efficient municipal bond market,” Paolicelli said. “As a long-time issuer, I can truly see the value in BondLink’s customizable platform and tools. Issuers are looking for ways to use and easily implement technology to improve their operations. As the muni market continues to evolve effective investor outreach and engagement will be critical for optimizing borrowing costs.”
Murph’s focus at BondLink is on developing tools and solutions for bond investors of all sizes, after having spent nearly three decades on the buy-side. He joins BondLink from Fidelity Investments, where he was a senior bond trader and later senior research analyst in a career spanning nearly 20 years. He previously served as vice president in trading and structured products for J.P. Morgan Securities after working as an associate with Banker’s Trust.
McGrail spent most of the last decade in corporate communications with J.P. Morgan, and previously wrote the daily municipal bond market column as a reporter for Bloomberg News. He most recently served as Director of Communications for a private ski resort in Vermont and also worked as a writer for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney after beginning his writing career with the Worcester Telegram.
Led by founders Colin MacNaught, CEO, and Carl Query, CTO, BondLink helps issuers in the $4 trillion municipal bond market attract more investors through better disclosure and enhanced technology. BondLink enables institutional investors to automate their credit surveillance of issuers, and makes it easier for smaller investors, including individuals, to participate in public bond sales.
Since going live in 2016, BondLink has been powering the investor outreach of top issuers in nearly every state and every sector of the bond market. Headquartered in Boston, BondLink is backed by top investors, including Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the largest municipal bond funds in the country.