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Mr. Rucker has been an investment banker since 1977. Mr. Rucker graduated from The University of Mississippi in 1973 and The University of Mississippi School of Law in 1976 and is a member of the Alabama and Mississippi Bar Association. Mr. Rucker was a founding partner of Merchant Capital, L.L.C. In January of 2015, Merchant Capital merged with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated. He manages the firm’s affordable housing business and has a very active national practice. Through his leadership Stifel has become the leading affordable housing bond underwriter in the country, ranking number one nationally the last four years in the number of negotiated multi-family bond issues closed in the country. Mr. Rucker is a regular speaker at various Affordable Housing conferences throughout the country. He has recently served on panels and spoken at conferences including The American Bar Association, Cohn Reznick, AHF Live, Novogradac and numerous State Housing Coalition functions, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. His relationships in the industry include private developers, 501(c) 3 corporations, issuers, tax-credit syndicators and many others who are actively engaged in affordable housing. He has been a member of Fannie Mae’s Southeast Regional Housing Advisory Council and Fannie Mae’s National Housing Impact Advisory Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association. Mr. Rucker is also a registered municipal advisor. In addition, Mr. Rucker is on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and serves on the Bank’s Credit and Member Services, Governance and Compensation, and is Chairman of the Housing and Community Investment Committee.