The Authority's Debt Program is managed by the following:
Mr. Biles has been the Chief Financial Officer of UTA since September 2012. His primary duties include accounting, budget preparation and monitoring, investments, bond issuance, supply chain and procurement administration, real estate and transit-oriented development, and fares policy and collections. Before coming to UTA, Mr. Biles served a combined 32 years as the CFO for cities in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, and Washington state. He has been active in the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). After serving six years on the GFOA Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting, Mr. Biles is in his fourth year of serving on the GFOA Committee on Retirement and Benefit Administration.
Mr. Baker has been the lead municipal advisor to the Utah Transit Authority for the past decade, and has over fifteen years of advisory experience. In addition to UTA, he serves as advisor to a broad range of Utah clients including Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Utah State University, Provo and Park Cities, Summit County, and the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District. Since joining Zions, Mr. Baker has been involved in over 330 transactions totaling approximately $10 billion in par amount.
Mr. Baker is a registered municipal securities representative in the investment banking industry and holds a Series 52 securities license and a Series 50 Municipal Advisory license. Mr. Baker is a 2004 graduate of the Brigham Young University MBA Program with an emphasis in finance, where he was the top student in his class and a recipient of the Hawes Scholarship. He taught a class called “Finance for Administrators” as an adjunct professor in the BYU MPA program.
Previously, Mr. Baker earned his BA in English from BYU and spent three years in San Francisco working as a ﬁnancial analyst in Institutional Equities for Goldman, Sachs & Co. In 2006 Mr. Baker wrote an article for the BYU Marriott School Alumni Magazine titled, “Principles of Investing,” that emphasized asset allocation and the importance of diversiﬁcation in individual retirement portfolios.