Jessica A. Lister joined the CEA Group, LLC (“CEA”) investment banking and corporate finance team as Vice President of Investments in its corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida in December of 2017 after having worked with J. Patrick “Rick” Michaels, Jr., Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CEA, on multiple engagements at a previous firm. Ms. Lister assists the firm in providing mergers and acquisitions, placements of debt and equity and strategic and financial advisory services, among others, to its clients.
Prior to joining CEA, Ms. Lister worked as a Vice President for InvestAmerica Capital Advisors, LLC (“InvestAmerica”), a boutique investment bank that specializes in EB5 program advisory services. She spearheaded EB5 private equity and debt placements along with ancillary advisory services, including due diligence and consulting engagements and private debt and equity placements, serving as the main point of contact for clients and investors from the point of engagement to a successful closing(s). In addition to investment banking transactions, Ms. Lister conducted business development efforts for InvestAmerica that involved opening new investor markets abroad, client sourcing and forming strategic alliances within the EB5 industry. Further, she oversaw firm operations, including hiring, training and managing multiple deal teams comprised of Associates, Analysts and interns throughout her tenure.
Preceding InvestAmerica, Ms. Lister worked for LCG Advisors, LLC, a Tampa-based investment bank and consulting group, as an Associate and American Land Lease, Inc., a Clearwater-based real estate investment trust (REIT) formerly owned by Greene Courte Partners, LLC, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Chicago, IL and acquired by Sun Communities, Inc., a NYSE listed REIT (NYSE: SUI), in 2005, as a Financial Analyst.
Ms. Lister earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and her Master of Science in Finance degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business with distinction. She holds Series 79 and 63 licenses.