Finance Team

Wayne County, Michigan's bond financing program is managed by the Office of the CFO.

Warren C. Evans

Warren C. Evans

County Executive
t:(313) 224-0286

Warren C. Evans was elected as Wayne County’s 4th County Executive in 2014 with a strong mandate from voters to restore ethical leadership to Michigan’s largest county as it faced a financial crisis.

Mr. Evans restored fiscal stability to Wayne County as it eliminated a $52 million structural deficit and $82 million accumulated deficit while exiting a consent agreement in just 14 months, when many thought the County was headed to bankruptcy. That progress continues as Wayne County has produced three consecutive budget surpluses, increased funding for the County’s pension system, and reduced unfunded health care liabilities by nearly $1 billion. Wayne County’s financial turnaround has earned repeated credit rating upgrades from three Wall Street credit agencies: Moody’s, Fitch Rating and Standard & Poor’s.

Henry Dachowitz

Henry Dachowitz

CFO

Dachowitz brings over 40 years of experience as a finance professional to the position, including four years as Treasurer of Nassau County, New York, where he led a nationally-recognized financial turnaround.

As Nassau County's Treasurer from 2002-2006, Dachowitz produced four budget surpluses and achieved 11 bond-rating increases. He was also responsible for computerizing their debt tracking system and established a compliance department to ensure greater accountability of tax dollars. Prior to joining Wayne County, Dachowitz was the founder and CEO of his own financial and management consulting firm, Expert CFO Advisor.

Eric R. Sabree

Eric R. Sabree

County Treasurer
t:(313) 224-5990

Lee Donner

Lee Donner

Regional Managing Director
t:(254) 675-3552

Areas of Focus

Public finance with particular emphasis on student loan finance, short term structures and municipal financing (debt restructuring and bankruptcy)

Profile

  • Joined HilltopSecurities (formerly First Southwest Company) in 1999
  • Has more than 45 years of student loan experience, including 34 years of experience in investment banking
  • Has experience working in student loan finance and municipal debt restructuring and bankruptcy.
  • Previously worked as senior vice president and managing director at EVEREN Securities, Inc. (formerly Principal Financial Securities, Inc.)
  • Prior to that worked as managing director of Education Finance for Llama Company and vice president in the public finance division of Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, The University of Texas at Arlington

Current Affiliations

  • Member of the Education Finance Council

Past Affiliations

  • Rotary Club
  • Art Council of the Bosque Arts Center
  • Board of Directors Bosque Museum

Licenses Held

  • Registered Representative of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • General Securities Principal, Series 24
  • General Securities Representative, Series 7
  • Municipal Securities Principal, Series 53
  • Uniform Securities Agent, Series 63
  • Investment Banking Representative, Series 79
  • Municipal Advisor Representative, Series 50

Benjamin McGuire

Benjamin McGuire

Director
t:(517) 351-0211

Area of Focus

Specialized in large complex credits in Michigan and throughout the Midwest

Profile

  • Has been in the public finance industry since 2003
  • Joined the firm in January 2016
  • Specializes in taxable and tax-exempt transactions for general municipal issuers at both the state and local level, higher education institutions, and not-for-profit student loan programs.
  • Prior to joining the firm, Ben was with Edward Jones for 2 years where he served clients across Michigan and Ohio.
  • He spent seven years in the public sector with the Michigan Department of Treasury and the Michigan Finance Authority, structuring municipal bond transactions in support of various State level programs.
  • Began his career as a quantitative analyst assisting in the structuring of municipal bond issues.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University

Licenses Held

  • Registered Representative of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Municipal Securities Representative, Series 52
  • Municipal Advisor Representative, Series 50
  • Uniform Securities Agent, Series 63

Jason Simmons

Jason Simmons

Director
t:(303) 771-0217

Areas of Focus

General government (General Obligation, Sales Tax Revenue, Certificates of Participation, Utility Revenue), transportation, and special district financings, including fixed rate and variable rate debt, and private placements.

Profile

  • Joined the firm in 2012
  • Has been in the securities industry since 1996
  • Has worked with clients including, but not limited to, City and County of Denver, State of Colorado, Regional Transportation District (Denver), Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise, the City of Westminster, the City of Greeley, Town of Castle Rock, Brighton School District 27J, and the Charter County of Wayne, MI.  
  • Previously served as a Senior Vice President for Piper Jaffray located in Denver and was responsible for covering Colorado issuers as well as national transportation issuers
  • In addition to his time at Piper Jaffray, Mr. Simmons worked for Wells Fargo as a portfolio manager in their institutional trust group and as a consultant for William M. Mercer Investment Consulting.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Colorado State University
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Colorado at Denver
  • Earned Chartered Financial analyst designation

Past Affiliations

  • President, Colorado Municipal Bond Dealers Association

Licenses Held

  • Registered Representative of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • General Securities Representative, Series 7
  • Municipal Advisor Representative, Series 50
  • Uniform Securities Agent, Series 63