Who We Serve


First Tryon is a nationally recognized financial advisory firm specializing in project debt financing and strategic consulting services for a diverse group of educational institutions. We appreciate the unique challenges faced by our nation’s educational institutions and work closely with our clients to assist in the acquisition of land, the renovation or expansion of existing facilities and the building of new facilities and campuses. We strive to structure and secure flexible and low cost financing for each of our clients.

Independent Schools

Our professionals have cultivated a deep understanding of the independent school sector through in-depth research of the industry and extensive interactions with education focused credit analysts, school leaders and business officers. With that knowledge and cutting-edge debt financing and derivatives expertise, we serve a diverse set of independent school clients throughout the country. We are active members of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and select state associations, regularly attending and presenting at association conferences, workshops and webinars.

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Charter Schools

First Tryon has extensive experience serving both early stage and established charter schools across the country. Our service to charter schools has enabled us to develop a robust level of general charter school knowledge. In particular, we have strong expertise in charter school legislation, funding and accreditation processes, relevant rating agency criteria and transaction structures particularly appropriate to the needs and constraints of charter schools. We maintain an active membership with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and participate in a variety of local, state and national charter school events throughout the year.

Higher Education

Our professionals have substantial experience serving both public and private higher education institutions, helping to address their project planning, capital funding, and operational needs. First Tryon serves a diverse group of higher education clients, from small private schools like Davidson College to large public entities like the University of North Carolina System and 16 of its constituent institutions. We work hard to ensure that each of our client assignments are completed efficiently with strict attention to the institution’s affordability limits, funding requirements, and project development schedules. We have assisted our clients in financing a broad range of projects including academic and research buildings, student housing, athletic facilities and technology and infrastructure improvements. In addition to project finance, First Tryon provides operational consulting expertise, helping our clients to realize their mission and goals. First Tryon is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) and the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO). We participate in numerous higher education conferences and workshops throughout the year.

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