A Tradition of Excellence
Ranson is the most experienced pure financial advisory firm incorporated in the State of Kansas. While many investment-banking firms provide financial advisory services as an add-on to their main business of bond underwriting, it is our sole business.
Ranson prides itself in bringing state-of-the-art computer technology into the financial analysis process. Principals of our firm are well trained to use this technology to its utmost potential. This training and expertise can be brought right into the board room when Ranson acts as your Financial Adviser. Our goal is to obtain the optimum financing for our clients.
The Ranson companies’ history goes as far back as the 1930’s. Principals of our firm have over 100 years of combined experience in serving the public and corporate finance needs of Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Our experience includes handling debt financing for cities, counties, school districts, and special districts. In addition, Ranson has been actively providing financial advisory services to the Kansas Rural Water Finance Authority, Kansas Municipal Energy Association, Kansas Power Pool and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Ranson has been also serving an educational mission by participating as featured speaker at the following annual conferences: Council Infrastructure Finance Authority (CIFA), American Water Works Association and National Rural Water Association. In addition, Ranson is a member and sponsor of the Kansas Government Finance Officers Association.
Principals of Ranson Financial Group, L.L.C.’s Public Finance team, listed below, have more than 140 years of combined experience in serving the public and corporate finance needs of Kansas, Missouri and Texas. We have experience in handling debt financings for cities, counties, school districts, special districts and other public-purpose corporations, as well as corporate financings, and have been involved in short- and long-term issues; general obligation, utility revenue bond, mortgage revenue bond and industrial revenue bond financings; insured, rated and non-rated issues; and negotiated and competitively marketed financings.
John J. Haas | President
John formed Ranson Financial Group, L.L.C. ("Ranson") in March 2002 after working with Mr. Jack Ranson since 1984. Mr. Haas has been a financial advisor to Kansas Local Units of Government since 1978. Mr. Haas received a Master's Degree from the Hugo Wall Center for Urban Studies at Wichita State University in 1979. He also has a Certificate of Public Management and graduate hours in finance from Wichita State University. Mr. Haas specializes in general public finance and analytical services.
Larry Kleeman | President
Larry Kleeman, President and Municipal Advisor, specializes in general public finance and analytical services and has 20 years of experience in municipal law and public finance. He also operates an affiliated company, Citycode Financial, LLC, that provides legal review and municipal codification services to Kansas local governments. After growing up on a farm in western Kansas, he received his law degree from the University of Kansas. Previously, Larry has served as bond counsel and special counsel to Kansas local governments. He also served as Assistant General Counsel to the League of Kansas Municipalities (LKM) where he advised hundreds of cities and other municipalities throughout Kansas. As an LKM lobbyist, he has monitored and testified before various local government-related committees of the Kansas Legislature. Larry continues to keep municipal officials informed as to the latest developments in municipal law, public finance and Kansas local government in general as part of a daily "Kansas Municipal News" email that our firm sends to city officials throughout the state. Larry received a B.S. in business administration, a B.A. in chemistry and a J.D. from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of Kansas.
Liberty (Libby) Kleeman | Municipal Consultant
Municipal Consultant, joined Ranson in August 2016. Libby has nearly 20 years of experience working directly for municipalities of all sizes across Kansas as well as serving with the League of Kansas Municipalities. She has a degree from Bethel College in North Newton, and an MPA (Masters in Public Administration) from the University of Kansas. Libby has experience in Public Relations, Human Resources, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Arts and Culture. Mrs. Kleeman provides support services for financial advisory services and oversees compliance with current and upcoming SEC and MSRB regulations.
Elizabeth (Beth) Warren | Financial Analyst / Chief Compliance Officer
Municipal Advisor, joined Ranson in July, 2004 and has been a certified Municipal Advisor since May 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Wichita State University in 2010. She specializes in analytical services, secondary market disclosure requirements, utility rate reviews, administrating the Financial Assurance Security Agreement for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment water revolving loan program, and monitoring compliance with the Financial Integrity Assurance Contract for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's water revolving loan program.
Rose Mary Saunders | Senior Consultant
Rose has over 20 years experience in writing grants, administrating and working the Community Development Grant Program in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She is a certified administrator in both Kansas (general and housing) and Oklahoma. Rose Mary received her Business Administration Degree from Kansas State University with minors in Economics and Psychology. She has actively attended work related seminars and attended Continuing Education classes at Wichita State University. Ms. Saunders specializes in grant writing and administration, KDHE water revolving loan processing and Elected Board training for KDHE.
Steve Saunders | Senior Consultant
Steve joined Ranson in November 2011. Mr. Saunders received his MPA from Wichita State University in 1987. Mr. Saunders worked as a home healthcare agency accountant for 24 years. Mr. Saunders provides support services for loan and grant document processing and general public finance.