August 13, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Schram

Keith Brightman Joins

Ehlers' Education Team

Experience Expands School Services in Wisconsin 


BROOKFIELD, WI, August 13, 2013 -Ehlers is pleased to announce that Keith Brightman has joined the company as a financial advisor on the company's Education Team. Keith is based in the Brookfield, WI office and will specialize in services to school districts in Wisconsin.  


Keith brings extensive experience with and knowledge of Wisconsin school finance, as well as valuable contacts with many state and school district officials.   At Ehlers, he will assist clients with debt planning and issuance, tax levy and referendum planning, financial analysis, and other services.  

He has worked in public school finance, operations, and human resources since 2001 - most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for the Elmbrook School District. Prior to joining Elmbrook in 2009, he held school business management positions in three other Wisconsin school districts. Keith has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Masters of Science in Education (School Business Management) from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. He is a Certified School Business Administrator in the State of Wisconsin. His work experience has included strong interests in cross-sector collaboration and in the use of quality tools, continuous improvement, and innovation - all with the goal of efficient and high quality outcomes.


Joel Sutter, Ehlers Principal and Senior Financial Advisor, said "Keith Brightman is one of the most knowledgeable and accomplished school business officials in Wisconsin. We are very excited to add him to our team. His experience and skills will allow us to continue and expand the high quality financial advisory services that we provide to Wisconsin school districts."


Ehlers is an independent financial advisory firm that provides services to local governments in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. The firm ranked 1st in Wisconsin and 2nd nationally in the number of competitive bond issues advised in 2012. Keith joins Ehlers financial advisors Jeff Seeley and Joel Sutter in providing services to Wisconsin school districts. Together, they have a combined total of 75 years of experience with school finance - including experience working for local school districts, state agencies, and the Legislature. For more information on Ehlers and our services to Wisconsin Schools, contact any of the following advisors. 


Jeff Seeley                             Keith Brightman                     Joel Sutter 

651-697-8585                        262-796-6178                          651-697-8514

About Ehlers 

Ehlers, an independent public finance advisory firm for over 50 years, is ranked second nationally in number of competitive sales advised.  (Source: Bloomberg, 212-318-2000. August 14, 2012.) Our goal is to help public sector clients' achieve practical financial solutions at the lowest cost to taxpayers. Our only allegiance is to the communities to which we serve. Our success is the result of established long-term relationships, hard work, and years of experience. Ehlers works with counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, and other governmental units to build better communities through the products and services we offer: Debt Issuance Services, Economic Development and Redevelopment, Financial Planning, and Strategic Communications. Visit for more information.



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