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Carty & Company, Inc.

Meet Our Team

The Carty Team

With our founder Bill Carty at the helm, our long tenured management team considers it a privilege to serve our community and clients throughout the country.  We are a nationally recognized, locally owned, well capitalized firm with over 50 years of experience in fixed income trading and sales. Licensed in 52 states and territories, we have expertise in servicing individual as well as institutional clients.

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Bill Carty

Bill Carty

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Carty started in the securities business in 1967 when he joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith as an Account Executive in their Memphis office. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Carty worked with IBM Corp as a sales representative, both in their Data Processing Division and their Office Products Division. IBM was Mr. Carty’s first job after graduating from Mississippi State University in 1964 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. In 1970, Mr. Carty formed Carty & Company, Inc. to deal primarily in Municipal Bonds. The company’s clients at that time were primarily Community Banks. While maintaining emphasis on fixed income securities, the company has grown in size as well as scope, servicing both institutional as well as individual clients in all aspects of investing. Mr. Carty has been the CEO of Carty & Company, Inc. for those forty-six years. The securities industry is extensively regulated and over the years Mr. Carty has been an active participant in many aspects of the regulatory system. He served on the Business Conduct Committee of District 5 of the NASD twice; 1982-1984, and again 1994-1997. He has also served as a NASD Arbitrator since 1985, serving on arbitration panels as well as other disciplinary panels in the past. Mr. Carty has served on other committees of NASD/FINRA such as the Small Firms Advisory Board from 1998-2001.

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Jennifer Carty Scola

Jennifer Carty Scola

Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Scola has been with Carty & Company, Inc. for over 35 years. She participates in every aspect of management of the firm and is responsible for most regulatory and compliance communications. She is experienced in all areas of the brokerage business, including investment banking, sales, compliance, clearing and management. Mrs. Scola oversees the firm’s compliance department and is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of the firm’s brokers. In the past, she contributed to the firm’s municipal bond research efforts and was active in negotiated municipal bond underwritings, having fully participated in the cultivation, due diligence and final sale of such deals for the firm. Mrs. Scola served as an elected member of the District Business Conduct Committee (DBCC) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) previously, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) has served on the DBCC nominating committee, and is a current elected member of FINRA’s South Region Committee. She was a member of the Security Industry Association’s Small Firm Committee for over 10 years and served on the SIA’s first Continuing Education Committee. Mrs. Scola is a Registered FINRA General Principal, holds a General Securities License, a Commodities License and is a Registered Options Principal. She holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Memphis and is a graduate of the Securities Industry School at Wharton. Jennifer and her husband Mike enjoy the beach, Nola and Roux (their two Rhodesian Ridgebacks), and spending time with friends and family.

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William Carty

William Carty

President

After graduating from the University of Memphis in 1993 with a degree in Business Management, William Carty joined Carty & Company, Inc. as a registered representative and began his training on the fixed income trading desk. Since that time, Mr. Carty has managed a proprietary position for the firm. In 1997 Mr. Carty assumed responsibility for all proprietary trading for Carty & Company and management of the trading desk and retail trading floor. In 1998, Mr. Carty was made President of the firm and took on the general oversight of all trading and sales operations.

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John Hearn

John Hearn

Managing Director, Senior Executive

After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1990 with a B.S. in Finance, Mr. Hearn joined Carty & Co. as a registered representative. In 1997, Mr. Hearn moved to the fixed income trading desk and is responsible for the day to day retail operations of the firm. Mr. Hearn’s retail sales background, as well as his trading expertise, allow for Carty & Company to better meet its customer’s needs. In 2008, Mr. Hearn became one of Carty & Company’s five stockholders.

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Rush “Buddy” Harding IV

Senior VP, Managing Director

Buddy joins the Carty team as a Senior Vice President, stockholder, director, and manager of the Little Rock office. After playing basketball on scholarship at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Buddy received his BS degree in health sciences and began his successful tenure at Crews and Associates where he was a consistent top 5 producer. Since 2008, Buddy has specialized in fixed income sales and trading to institutional and retail investors. In the past, Buddy served on several boards including UALR athletic board and strategic planning committee, Arkansas Baptist College athletic board, Junior Deputy and Centers for Youth and Family. Buddy and his wife Rachel are involved in and support many charitable organizations. Outside of the office, Buddy enjoys coaching their two boys, Rush “Five” Harding V (8) and Wilder (4) in soccer, baseball, and basketball.

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Edmond G. Hurst

Senior Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets and Public Finance

Head of Capital Markets and Public Finance With more than 30 years of experience in investment banking, Edmond Hurst recently joined Carty & Co. to lead the firm’s Capital Markets and Public Finance endeavors located in our Little Rock branch. Edmond has spent the majority of his career facilitating taxable and tax-exempt financings. Through these transactions he has helped raise billions to fund projects in various parts of the country. His experience includes: State & Local Governments Charter Schools Corporate & Economic Development Credit Enhancements Energy Performance Contracting Healthcare Higher Education Housing – Affordable & Senior Improvement Districts Non-Profit Organizations Public Housing Authorities Project Finance Solar Projects Tax Credit Programs Tax-Increment Financing Water & Sewer Systems An honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Edmond is active in his community and loves spending time outdoors with family and friends.

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Greg Isaacs

Senior Managing Director, Public Finance

Greg Isaacs joined Carty & Co. in 2022 to lead the firm’s public finance efforts in West Virginia. With over 28 years’ experience in municipal finance, Greg has spent most of his career facilitating bond issues in his home state, participating in 400 transactions totaling more than $10 billion. He has broad experience in healthcare, housing, higher education, transportation, economic development, and water and sewer utility bond financings. A graduate of West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan, Greg actively donates his photography to youth sports and non-profits throughout the state.

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Ryan Ross

Ryan Ross

Senior Executive VP, Director of Sales

Mr. Ross graduated from Belhaven University in 1996 with a BBA. While attending and paying his own way through Belhaven, Mr. Ross held several positions with varying business entities where he was entrusted with many multiple responsibilities, earning promotions within every company. Upon graduation from college, he was promoted by Grand Casino Tunica to director of sales. In 2002, Mr. Ross joined Carty & Co. as a registered representative. His hard work and fixed income expertise enabled Mr. Ross to move up the Carty & Company corporate ladder quickly. He is now a Senior Executive Vice President and the Director of Sales. Mr. Ross’s work ethic, vast job experience and education have proven an invaluable resource to Carty & Company’s retail clients. The positive attitude and effort from Mr. Ross has been essential to the development and success of Carty & Company’s new broker’s growth and success in a very competitive field.

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Senior Management

Bill R. Carty

Chief Executive Officer

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Jennifer Carty Scola

Chief Operating Officer,
Chief Compliance Officer

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William Carty

President

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Angela Ruetten

Chief Financial Officer

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John Hearn

Managing Director, Sr. Ex VP

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Rush “Buddy” Harding IV

Managing Director, Sr. VP

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Edmond G. Hurst

Senior Managing Director

Head of Capital Markets and Public Finance

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Ryan Ross

Sales Manager, Sr. Ex VP

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Bob Leopold

Vice President SBA Trading

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Chris Cornell

Vice President Corporate Trading

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Dan Morrissett

Vice President Corporate Trading

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Bo Campbell

Vice President Municipal Trading

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Beth Jenkins

Office Manager

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Melinda Ray

Compliance Manager

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Jennifer Wilkinson

Human Resources Manager

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Registered Representatives

Support Staff

Paula Baxter

Legal Account Specialist

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Niki Bierman

Accounting/Benefits Admin

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Chandra Burr

Trading Assistant

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Ashley Burnette

Corporate Actions

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Danielle Cheeseman

New Account Specialist

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Brandy Hudson

Trading Assistant

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Pat McAnelly

Trading Assistant

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Camille Rodgers

Account Transfers & Interest Specialist

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Dana Stewart

Trading Assistant

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