Michael Essex

Managing Director
Head of Capital Markets Origination


Mr. Essex joined BB&T Capital Markets in 2010 as Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets Origination. Mr. Essex brings more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently as head of the Energy & Power Origination Group within Equity Capital Markets for Wells Fargo/Wachovia Securities. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Essex was Managing Director and head of Equity Capital Markets Origination and Execution for A. G. Edwards & Sons before its acquisition by Wachovia Securities. Mr. Essex was also a Member of the Board of the broker-dealer subsidiary of A.G. Edwards. From 1991 to 2002, Mr. Essex was the Equity Syndicate Manager for Keybanc/McDonald & Company Securities. Mr. Essex completed a three-year term at the end of 2009 as a member of FINRA’s Corporate Financing Committee and has been an active member of SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association), serving as chair of the Syndicate Committee in 2005 and 2006.


Mr. Essex is a graduate of Wittenberg University.

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