BRADENTON, Fla. - Sean E. Ekiert has joined Raymond James as a managing director in Richmond, Va.

Ekiert, a former managing director and head of public finance at BB&T Capital Markets, will strengthen Raymond James’ public finance practice in the mid-Atlantic region, said Rob Baird, senior managing director and head of public finance/debt investment banking.

“With his track record of success, Sean will be a valuable addition to our Richmond-based public finance team, working with issuers throughout the mid-Atlantic including those in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia,” Baird said.

Ekiert is a chartered financial analyst.

Prior to working at BB&T, his public finance experience included seven years at Davenport & Co.

He began his career in the securities industry at Scott & Stringfellow in 1996.

Ekiert obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Richmond.

The fixed-income and public finance division of Raymond James & Associates Inc. is based in downtown Memphis at the former home of Morgan Keegan & Co., which the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based investment bank purchased a year ago. Morgan Keegan was dropped from the fixed-income division’s name in February.

In 2012, the firm was the ninth-leading underwriter nationally serving as senior manager on 748 issues with a par amount of $12.1 billion. The firm was senior manager or co-manager on a total of 1,257 deals last year.

Raymond James’ public finance practice consists of more than 180 professionals in 27 locations across the country. The parent company, Raymond James Financial Inc., is based in St. Petersburg, Fla.