Blaylock Robert Van, a US-based investment banking firm, has appointed Robert Ceresa as its new executive vice president.

Mr Ceresa will be responsible for helping to further build the firm’s municipal finance sales, trading, and underwriting business. He will report to Eric Standifer, president and CEO of Blaylock Robert Van.

Mr Ceresa joins Blaylock Robert Van with over 30 of years experience in the municipal finance industry. He was most recently partner and executive vice-president at Grigsby & Associates, a minority owned investment bank, where he opened a New York City office for the San Francisco-based firm and developed a municipal sales, trading, and underwriting team.

Before Grigsby & Associates, Mr Ceresa was a senior vice president at M R Beal & Company, an investment bank specializing in municipal finance, corporate finance, and equity execution.

Earlier in his career, Mr Ceresa worked in the municipal finance departments at several investment banks including E F Hutton & Co, Wertheim & Company, Rothschild, and Oppenheimer.