Ward A. Rice
Mr. Rice's responsibilities at Hovde include evaluating financial and strategic options of financial institutions, including merger and acquisition and capital raising transactions, as well as providing strategic advisory solutions to banks and thrifts across the Southeast. Mr. Rice has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked directly with many banking and financial executives on evaluating and implementing strategic advisory and financial solutions, including balance sheet management, credit, and capital raising solutions.
Prior to joining Hovde, Mr. Rice served as a Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, in Atlanta, where he was responsible for developing and implementing investment and correspondent solutions for community and regional banks across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Mr. Rice also formerly served as a lead Business Development Officer at Wells Fargo, charged with developing and expanding the firm's strategic relationships and services to banks across the eastern U.S.
Mr. Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wake Forest University. Mr. Rice is also licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a registered representative and holds the following licenses: Series 7, 79, and 63. Mr. Rice is married with one child, and resides in Atlanta, Ga.