ATLANTA – SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) announced that James (JT) Taylor has joined the Consumer & Retail Investment Banking team adding coverage for the Auto Dealer sector. Taylor has more than 30 years of automotive industry experience and brings a diverse background in transaction origination and execution.
“JT’s M&A advisory expertise better positions STRH to help our auto dealer clients manage their portfolios, regardless of where they are in the lifecycle of their business. Further, this added capability complements SunTrust’s robust coverage of the Auto Dealer space in our Commercial Banking line of business and is a natural fit with our focus on the middle market,” said Bob Berry, head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking for STRH.
Taylor, who serves as a managing director, was most recently with The Presidio Group, an advisory firm that provides investment banking solutions to auto dealerships. He is based in Atlanta and will report to Bob Berry. Prior to joining STRH, Taylor also served in various roles at Darrow Automotive, JM Family Enterprises and Toyota Motor Sales, USA.
“STRH’s focus on being an advisor to their clients is what drew me to the firm. Throughout the automotive dealer sector, leaders are grappling with adding dealerships to their portfolio, optimization, as well as exiting the business altogether. Given the accelerating consolidation throughout the industry, this is an exciting time to advise our clients on their strategic next steps,” said Taylor.
SunTrust’s Dealer Services practice group in Commercial Banking delivers financial expertise and sector knowledge to auto dealers of all sizes. With a focus on clients’ specific growth plans, the group helps solve complex financial challenges through the delivery of a full range of products and services, including: financing solutions, indirect services, capital markets, treasury management and private wealth.