OKLAHOMA PUBLIC FINANCE

We're at home in Oklahoma — just like you. And our team of knowledgeable leaders in municipal finance has years of experience in the Oklahoma municipal marketplace.

Experienced Leader in the State

In 1998, BOK Financial Securities effectively solidified the foundation of our public finance division by purchasing the assets of Leo Oppenheim & Co., Inc., a privately-owned investment banking firm established in 1919. Our services include underwriting, financial advisory services, debt policies and placement agent services. Today, as the largest Oklahoma-based municipal bond investment banking firm, we deliver results for Oklahoma clients.

Opportunities in Funding Alternatives

BOK Financial Securities has had the good fortune to work with many of the issuers in the State of Oklahoma. Our investment bankers help meet the capital improvement needs of many of Oklahoma’s state and local governments, colleges and universities, schools, Native American entities, hospitals, public trusts and corporations.

Qualified and Specialized

We offer our Oklahoma clients a strong combination of underwriting capabilities, distribution network and financial advisory services. Rely on our knowledgeable relationship managers from our Investment Banking, Institutional Sales and Trading, and Retail Sales divisions.

OUR TEAM


Christopher A. Gander

Investment Banker
T: (405) 272-2075
M: (405) 831-0789
cgander@bokf.com

Chris Gander bio photo Chris Gander has more than 21 years of experience in the municipal finance industry. Over the course of his career, Mr. Gander has served as a bond underwriter, financial advisor, or placement agent for a wide range of Oklahoma clients including state agencies, institutions of higher education, school districts, cities, counties, conservation districts, economic development districts, hospital districts, rural water districts and various types of public trusts.

Mr. Gander is Managing Director of Oklahoma Public Finance, providing investment banking services to our clients as well as managing our firm’s public finance activities throughout the state of Oklahoma. He has served as Banker on many of our State of Oklahoma bond issues over the last 20+ years. Additionally, Mr. Gander has served as Financial Analyst or Investment Banker on the majority of our firm’s Oklahoma underwritings since 2001. He has been with BOKF since March 2000.

Mr. Gander earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority registered representative, currently holding the Series 7, Series 50, Series 53, Series 54, Series 63, Series 65 and Series 79 securities licenses. Mr. Gander is also a Registered Investment Advisor and a Certified Financial Planner.

Zack Robinson

Investment Banker
T: (405) 272-2199
M: (405) 412-6006
zrobinson@bokf.com

Zack Robinson bio photo Zack Robinson has more than 13 years of experience in the municipal finance industry. He has been an investment banker since 2007 and over that time has served as a bond underwriter or financial advisor assisting state agencies, universities and colleges, school districts, and municipalities with their financing needs. Mr. Robinson is an Investment Banker and Vice President in our Oklahoma Public Finance group. He joined BOKFS in August 2010.

Mr. Robinson received his B.S. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University in 2005 and his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2007. He is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority registered representative, currently holding the Series 7, Series 50, Series 66, and Series 79 securities licenses. Mr. Robinson is also a Registered Investment Advisor.

Jeff Edwards

Underwriting Administrator
T: (405) 272-2132
jedwards@bokf.com

Cameron Bertelli

Public Finance Analyst
T: (405) 272-2228
cbertelli@bokf.com

Cecile Baskett

Executive Assistant
T: (405) 272-2383
cbaskett@bokf.com

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Recent Transactions: Financial Advisor
Date Amount of Offering Issuer/Description
06/16/20 $12,935,000 Durant City Utilities Authority
Series 2020 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to Oklahoma Water Resources Board
05/01/20 $240,000 McCord Elementary School District
General Obligation Bonds, Taxable Series 2020
04/24/20 $9,200,000 Oklahoma Industries Authority
Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2020
04/23/20 $13,280,000 Durant City Utilities Authority
Utility System & Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2020
04/23/20 $2,100,000 Moore, City of
General Obligation Bonds of 2020
04/21/20 $8,480,000 Woodward Municipal Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2020
04/16/20 $9,000,000 Yukon Municipal Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2020
04/15/20 $840,000 McCurtain County Rural Water District No. 5
Utility System Revenue Note, Series 2020
04/14/20 $1,000,000 Rogers County Rural Sewer District No. 1
Utility System Revenue Note, Series 2020
04/02/20 $8,000,000 Lawton Independent School District
Combined Purpose General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020A
03/31/20 $21,720,000 Moore Independent School District
$20,120,000 Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2020
$1,600,000 Building Bonds, Taxable Series 2020
03/30/20 $2,375,000 Broken Bow Public Works Authority
Utility System & Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2020A
03/25/20 $21,400,000 Norman Independent School District
$18,600,000 Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2020
$2,800,000 Building Bonds, Taxable Series 2020
03/24/20 $30,800,000 Edmond Independent School District
General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2020
03/12/20 $100,000 Carlton Landing, Town of
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020
01/28/20 $76,500,000 Oklahoma City Independent School District
Combined Purpose General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020A
01/09/20 $7,800,000 Nichols Hills, City of
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020
01/02/20 $865,000 Bryan County Rural Water, Sewer &
Solid Waste Mgmt District No. 6
Utility System Revenue Note, Series 2020
12/30/19 $6,300,000 Lawton, City of
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019
12/27/19 $1,455,000 Carlton Landing Economic Development Trust
Tax Increment Revenue Note, Taxable Series 2019
12/27/19 $617,000 Boswell Public Works Authority
Utility System & Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2019
12/13/19 $14,835,000 Wagoner County Rural Water District No. 4
Series 2019 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
12/06/19 $20,446,000 Duncan Public Utilities Authority
Series 2019 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
12/06/19 $2,400,000 Elgin Public Works Authority
Series 2019 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
12/04/19 $3,380,000 Creek County Rural Water District No. 2
Utility System Revenue Note, Series 2019
10/03/19 $7,640,000 Lawton Industrial Development Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2019
09/19/19 $37,920,000 Shawnee Municipal Authority
Series 2019A Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
08/14/19 $17,000,000 Edmond Independent School District
General Obligation Building Bonds, Series 2019B
07/25/19 $22,000,000 Ponca City Utility Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2019
07/23/19 $12,260,000 Midwest City-Del City Independent School District
$10,460,000 Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019A
$1,800,000 Building Bonds, Taxable Series 2019B
07/09/19 $3,500,000 Memorial Hospital of Texas County Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Taxable Series 2019
06/28/19 $10,000,000 Pryor Public Works Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2019
06/26/19 $17,820,000 Mustang Independent School District
$17,000,000 Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019
$820,000 Building Bonds, Taxable Series 2019
06/25/19 $4,000,000 Durant City Utilities Authority
Series 2019 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
06/18/19 $1,825,000 Sulphur Independent School District
General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019
06/06/19 $6,000,000 Altus Independent School District
General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019
06/05/19 $117,550,000 Cleveland County Educational Facilities Authority
Educational Facilities Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2019
(Norman Public Schools Project)
05/23/19 $36,820,000 Norman Independent School District
General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019B
05/23/19 $5,380,000 Shawnee Municipal Authority
Series 2019 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
05/16/19 $9,540,000 Yukon Municipal Authority
Sale Tax Revenue Note, Series 2019
05/07/19 $1,375,000 Laverne Public Works Authority
Series 2019 Clean Water SRF Promissory Note to
Oklahoma Water Resources Board
04/25/19 $25,200,000 Edmond Independent School District
General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019
04/23/19 $7,500,000 Norman Independent School District
General Obligation Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019A
04/18/19 $4,615,000 El Reno Municipal Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Taxable Series 2019B
04/04/19 $14,380,000 Lawton Independent School District
Combined Purpose General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019A
04/04/19 $4,195,000 El Reno Municipal Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Note, Series 2019A
04/02/19 $13,915,000 Moore Public Works Authority
Series 2019 Promissory Note to Oklahoma Water Resources Board
03/28/19 $53,800,000 Moore Independent School District
$52,100,000 Combined Purpose Bonds, Series 2019
$1,700,000 Building Bonds, Taxable Series 2019
03/21/19 $905,000 Carlton Landing Economic Development Trust
Tax Increment Revenue Note, Taxable Series 2019B
01/30/19 $8,550,000 Moore, City of
General Obligation Bonds of 2019
01/25/19 $1,400,000 Kay County Public Buildings Authority
Lease Revenue Note, Series 2019 (McCord Public School Project)
01/24/19 $15,000,000 Oklahoma City Independent School District
Combined Purpose General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019A
01/23/19 $10,400,000 Midwest City-Del City Independent School District
General Obligation Building Bonds, Series 2019A
01/23/19 $330,000 McCord Elementary School District
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019
01/15/19 $470,000 Moore, City of
Lease Purchase Agreement, Series 2019
(Police Records Mgmt & Computer Aided Dispatch Software)
01/10/19 $3,000,000 Nichols Hills, City of
General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019
Recent Transactions: Underwritings
Date Amount of Offering Issuer/Description Role
06/30/20 $20,190,000 Purcell Public Works Authority
Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2020
Sole Underwriter
06/18/20 $28,495,000 Oklahoma City, City of
General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020
Co-Manager
05/28/20 $35,475,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Higher Education Master Real Property Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds 
$29,150,000 Series 2020A & $6,325,000 Taxable Series 2020B
Senior Manager
05/13/20 $271,755,000 Oklahoma State University
$118,520,000 General Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A 
$26,490,000 General Revenue Bonds, Series 2020B 
$126,745,000 General Revenue & Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2020C
Co-Manager
04/02/20 $82,360,000 Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority
State Highways Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds,
Series 2020A
(Oklahoma Department of Transportation Project)
Co-Manager
03/27/20 $84,230,000 University of Oklahoma
General Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2020A
Co-Manager
03/04/20 $15,965,000 Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust
General Airport Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A
Co-Manager
01/22/20 $39,175,000 Oklahoma City Airport Trust
Junior Lien Refunding Bonds, Taxable Thirty Fourth Series
Co-Manager
12/19/19 $154,420,000 Oklahoma Water Resources Board
Revolving Fund Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2019
Co-Manager
12/17/19 $9,675,000 Broken Arrow, City of
$3,280,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2019B
$6,395,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2019C
Sole Underwriter
12/05/19 $4,785,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Higher Education Master Real Property Lease Revenue Bonds 
Taxable Series 2019C
Sole Underwriter
11/07/19 $9,595,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Higher Education  Master Equipment Lease Revenue Bonds 
$8,665,000 Series 2019A & $930,000 Taxable Series 2019B
Sole Underwriter
10/03/19 $59,105,000 Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority
Power Supply System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019A
Co-Manager
09/10/19 $59,895,000 Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority
State Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2019C
(Capitol Repair Project)
Co-Manager
08/29/19 $66,755,000 Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency
Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bonds, Series 2019A
(Homeownership Loan Program)
Co-Manager
07/30/19 $25,635,000 Oklahoma Water Resources Board
State Loan Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2019C
Senior Manager
06/26/19 $12,225,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019
(Southern Nazarene University Housing Project)
Sole Underwriter
06/06/19 $7,270,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Higher Education Master Real Property Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2019B
Sole Underwriter
05/29/19 $25,170,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019A 
(Office of Management & Enterprise Svcs - OSF 2009 Project)
Sole Underwriter
05/23/19 $41,995,000 Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority
State Agency Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2019B
(Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs Project)
Co-Manager
05/09/19 $75,545,000 Oklahoma State University
General Revenue & Refunding Bonds 
$62,990,000 Series 2019A & $12,555,000 Taxable Series 2019B
Co-Manager
05/09/19 $17,605,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
Higher Education Master Real Property Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2019A
Senior Manager
05/09/19 $13,765,000 Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority
State Facilities Revenue & Refunding Bonds, Series 2019A
(Oklahoma Conservation Commission Project)
Co-Manager
05/07/19 $21,955,000 Oklahoma City, City of
General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2019
Co-Manager
04/02/19 $13,915,000 Oklahoma Water Resources Board
State Loan Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2019B
Senior Manager
02/12/19 $48,130,000 Oklahoma Water Resources Board
State Loan Program Revenue Bonds, Series 2019A
Senior Manager

Let's Talk

Contact Information

Christopher A. Gander
Investment Banker
T: (405) 272-2075 M: (405) 831-0789
cgander@bokf.com

Zack Robinson
Investment Banker
T: (405) 272-2199 M: (405) 412-6006
zrobinson@bokf.com

Jeff Edwards
Underwriting Administrator
T: (405) 272-2132
jedwards@bokf.com

Cameron Bertelli
Public Finance Analyst
T: (405) 272-2228
cbertelli@bokf.com

Cecile Baskett
Executive Assistant
T: (405) 272-2383
cbaskett@bokf.com