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Our Team


Rick Brandis

Managing Director

(415) 438-2931

Rick Brandis is a Managing Director and one of the founding members of the Brandis Tallman Division of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. His expertise lies in structuring and pricing municipal debt. By performing due diligence to meet disclosure requirements necessary for the sale and distribution of bonds, Rick found that extensive disclosure can provide a platform for more investor participation, which can help the pricing of a financing. Through his relationships with both municipal agencies and the investor community, Rick understands the balance between issuer needs and what the investing public will buy.

Rick began his career in the municipal securities industry in 1985, concentrating on municipal bond trading and underwriting. In 1995, he brought his expertise to directly serve public agencies as an investment banker with Mark Pressman Associates. Rick went on to serve as Vice President of Public Finance and head underwriter for Redwood Securities Group, Inc., and then co-founded Brandis Tallman in 2002. With over 35 years of well-rounded experience in municipal finance, Rick brings his market knowledge to each transaction.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and maintains Series 7, 24, 53, and 63 licenses.

Nicki Tallman

Nicki Tallman

Managing Director

(415) 438-2977

Nicki Tallman is a Managing Director and co-founder of the Brandis Tallman Division of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. As an expert in municipal financing techniques, Nicki works with a number of advanced cash flow models to optimize the use of debt and cash to fund capital improvements and perform fiscally prudent financings. She also assists public agencies with due diligence work, review of financing documents, and overall management and timing of financing projects. 

Prior to entering the field of municipal finance, Nicki worked as a C.P.A. with Arthur Andersen LLP, where she performed audits and provided consulting services to municipalities. She began her career in public finance when she joined Mark Pressman Associates as an investment banker. She went on to serve as Vice President of Public Finance for Redwood Securities Group, Inc., and then co-founded the Brandis Tallman Division in 2002.

Nicki has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of San Diego, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 53, and 63 licenses, and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Jeff Land

Jeff Land

Executive Director

(310) 446-7145

Jeff is responsible for business development and client relations at Brandis Tallman, providing assistance to the issuer throughout the entire financing process. Since joining Brandis Tallman in 2005, Jeff has worked to expand the pool of institutional lenders in our direct placement program, and works directly with the banks to procure the most aggressive rates and attractive terms for the issuer. Jeff is a frequent speaker for CDIAC and CSDA. He studied at the University of Southern California and maintains Series 52 and 63 licenses.