Mr. Schonhorst is a Managing Director with US Capital Advisors. He has served as a Financial Advisor to local governments since 1983 and is experienced in virtually all types of municipal debt financing. He is a data-driven problem solver who helped pioneer several proven financing techniques that are in common use today. Mr. Schonhorst has extensive experience advising municipalities on actions that strengthen creditworthiness and debt management processes that minimize debt burden and complement their strategic plans. Mel has been a strong legislative advocate, having initiated successful finance-related Texas legislation on six occasions.
Mr. Schonhorst was a Senior Vice President and Manager of Texas Public Finance for WR Hough & Co. prior to its acquisition by RBC. Mel has been a Director for First Southwest Company and Managing Director and co-office manager for Rauscher Pierce Refsnes. Prior to investment banking, Mr. Schonhorst gained six-years experience at Ernst & Young where he supervised public finance consulting services to investment banks on a national basis and audits of both corporate and municipal clients, including the City of Tucson, County of Pima, and the University of Arizona.
Mr. Schonhorst is a Certified Public Accountant, and has completed the AASA and TASB certification program qualifying him as a strategic planning facilitator. Mel obtained his B.B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1977 and his MBA degree from Cornell University in 1994.