Dick Bartow is an Executive Vice President in the Kansas/Missouri Public Finance Group. Mr. Bartow is an investment banking professional with more than 27 years of experience, the last 21 with George K. Baum & Company. Mr. Bartow became Manager of George K. Baum & Company’s Midwest Public Finance Practice in January of 2007 and has since overseen approximately $1 billion in debt issuance. Throughout his career in finance, he has structured hundreds of lease purchase and general obligation bond issues throughout Missouri, exceeding $3 billion. Mr. Bartow has helped numerous clients assess their capital needs and develop financing plans designed to satisfy those needs. He also has considerable experience solving short-term cash flow concerns. For the last 21 years, Mr. Bartow has served as program administrator for the Missouri School District Advance Funding Note Program, helping Missouri school districts raise more than $1 billion for short-term cash flow needs.

Prior to his career in municipal finance, Mr. Bartow spent 14 years in service to school districts throughout the state of Missouri as an educator, basketball coach and Superintendent of Schools to Walker R-IV, Sparta R-III and Ozark R-VI School Districts. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Central Missouri State University and went on to obtain an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1982. He currently resides in the Kansas City, MO, area.

Active Professional Memberships Relevant to School Finance:

• Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA)
• Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)
• Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO)
• Missouri Municipal League (MML)
• Missouri Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
• American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Seminars/Workshops Attended:

• MSBA (Annual Conferences)
• MASA (Annual Conferences)
• MoASBO (Annual Conferences)
• Missouri Commissioner of Education (Annual Conferences)
• AASA (Annual Conferences)
• NSBA (Annual Conferences)

Seminars/Workshop Conducted:

• MSBA (Annual Conferences)
• MASA (Annual Conferences)
• MoASBO (Annual Conferences)


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