Stratford Shields graduated from the State University of Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He studied at Columbia University where he acquired an MBA and a Master’s in Political Science. He has been an expert in finance for over 20 years and has served the industry at various capacities as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and as SIMFA’s Chairman.
Shields has also served as an investment banker in areas of privatization and municipal finance. As an investment banker, he has made over 30 billion worth of transactions for hospitals, cities, sewer entities, states and loan agencies, among other clients. At Loop Markets, Stratford Shield is the managing director.
Stratford Shield typically spends his day at the office studying the clients he deals with and working to find out the unique solutions he can bring to them. Since he covers a range of varied customers like utility systems, cities, hospitals, toll roads, and states, he critically analyses their differences and similarities and tries to figure out what variations exist in the cases he has dealt with before; and whether previously applied solutions can work in current cases.
Shield brings his ideas into reality by having discussions with clients regarding what actions they could take. He explains the pros and cons of the ideas he presents. He considers this necessary as it helps to inform clients of the best step to take.
Stratford Shield is convinced that the privatization trend of systems of healthcare and universities is the future. He says that these entities are open to innovative methods of financing and service delivery. As an entrepreneur, his attention to detail has made him productive and advises on remaining focused towards achieving set goals. Shield recommends that one needs to get up every time they are knocked down, not reducing their momentum.
His strategy for business growth is to understand clients and their needs. Stratford Shield says it is essential to figure out who your customers are and do your best to fulfill their needs instead of forcing your wants on them.