CSDC 2022 California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference

HJ Sims will be there – start a conversation with one of our expert education finance team members specializing in structuring and underwriting public sector and charter school financings.

Education Session:

School Daze: Navigating the Facility Financing Maze
November 15, 2022 | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

For many charter school leaders and their boards throughout the country, navigating the need for a high-quality facility remains one of their most significant organizational challenges. Add the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and plotting a course through current and future facility needs has become an even more challenging exercise. Is your school planning a facilities expansion or renovation? Join us to learn the key to planning a successful facilities project and understand the potential cost of that project. During our session, a panel of charter school experts will introduce school leaders to the critical elements of project planning and creditworthiness. We will begin our session with a brief icebreaker to gauge who is in the room and their level of facility financing knowledge. Our three experts will then introduce the critical elements of facility project planning and credit worthiness. Following the panel, attendees will be guided through an exercise that estimates key facility project costs. To conclude the session, panelists will work with attendees in small groups to answer their facility financing questions. Attendees will walk away from our session with the tools to solve their facilities challenges.


  • Kaiti Wang, Vice President, HJ Sims
  • Crystal Langdon, Director of Lending, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Kelly Theofanis, Loan Officer, Charter School Financing, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Kahlmus Eatman, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Charter School Development


HJ Sims and the Palm City Chamber of Commerce Announce Inaugural Event to Advocate and Celebrate Women in Business

PALM CITY, FL– HJ Sims, wealth management, investment banking and institutional services firm founded in 1935, Rebecca Beckett, CFP®, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, and the Palm City Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the inaugural Women in Business Summit on September 22, 2022 at Charlie Leighton Park in Palm City, FL.

Coinciding with American Business Women’s Day to advocate and celebrate women in business and leadership positions throughout the community; the summit will feature exhibits, sessions and insights by local, accomplished businesswoman. Topics will range from finance, education, business management to health & wellness in order to provide attendees with valuable knowledge, tools and resources that emphasize the issues directly impacting today’s businesswomen.

“We are looking forward to this special day, and are thrilled to be able to host an event of this caliber. In fact, we have extended an invitation to all of our local, female dignitaries of Martin County, and plan to commemorate the summit with a ribbon cutting ceremony just before the official kick-off at 2pm.” stated Missi Campbell, Executive Director of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers include: Rebecca Beckett, CFP®, HJ Sims; Amanda Foster, Mortgage Specialist, Zarro Mortgage Group; Joan Goodrich, Executive Director, Martin County Business Development Board; Dr. Lisa Grassam, Chiropractor and Owner, Grassam Spine & Wellness Center; Donna Linton, Reverse Mortgage Advisor, Zarro Mortgage Group; Jill Marasa, Director of Development, Ashley Capital; and Joanne Zarro, President, Zarro Mortgage Group.

Exhibitors include: Ashley Capital, Capstone IT, Colorado Pawn & Jewelry, Crafted the Store, Dultmeier Photography, Eagle Insurance, Grassam Spine & Wellness Center, Hell Gate Sea Dragons, HJ Sims, Inner Truth Project, Martin County Business Development Board, N2 Architecture, O’Donnell Impact Windows & Storm Protection, Pampered Chef Independent Consultant, Personal Training by Celeste, Sandhill Cove, Schaffer Mortgage Corporation, Skin Serenity Spa, White Glove Moving & Storage and Zarro Mortgage Group.

The summit will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on September 22 at the Palm City Community Center at Charlie Leighton Park in Palm City, FL. For more information and to RSVP to attend this free event, visit hjsims.com/2022-women-in-business-summit/.

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM: Rebecca Beckett: 561.620.2173 | rbeckett@hjsims.com

ABOUT HJ SIMS: Founded in 1935, HJ Sims is a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm. Headquartered in Fairfield, CT, Sims has nationwide investment banking, private wealth management and trading locations. Member FINRA, SIPC. Testimonials may not be representative of another client’s experience. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterInstagram.


The Palm City Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to serve as the principal advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs, and improving the quality of life.  We actively participate in our local community to strengthen Martin County and all it has to offer to our residents and visitors.


22nd Annual South Carolina Charter Schools Conference

HJ Sims will be there – start a conversation with one of our expert education finance team members specializing in structuring and underwriting public sector and charter school financings.

Education Session:

Backwards Planning for Financial Success… and Greater Student Impact…

Schools have more impact when their leaders can spend their time worrying about instruction and student needs. Planning well and maintaining strong financials helps schools focus more on the kids and their academic success. Join our session to learn some basic metrics to track regularly, understand what these metrics mean for your school, and how to plan ahead for big capital projects, like that nice new facility.

School leaders and board members should leave with increased financial confidence and knowing the following:

  1. Important metrics to know and track, and what they actually mean for your school
  2. Benchmarks for financial sustainability
  3. Timelines and best practice for planning for growth and large capital projects

Featured Speakers:

  • Shannon Falon, Vice President
  • Rich Moreno, CFO, Charter Schools USA